Slip Prevention in Wet Areas

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Non Abrasive Anti Slip TapeIn areas where removing water is not an option, slip hazards increase tenfold and to prevent injuries, serious considerations have to be made to prevent visitors, employees or even yourself falling foul of potential slips & falls.

In 2013, an estimated 646,000 workers had an accident at work, with roughly over a third of that number resulting in injuries that led to over 3 days absence from work, approximately ¾ over a week of absence. In the food and drink industry, slips make up approximately 80% of the reported injuries to the HSE, with 90% of these resulting from wet or contaminated surfaces.

Areas such as swimming pools, boats, restaurants, water parks and supermarkets are just a few notable environments where water exposure is possible, and while keeping walking areas as clean and dry as possible is an important part of the safety process, it is not always effective enough.

However, keeping areas clean and dry is very important, for not only hygiene, but to prevent the growth of algae and mildew, which can make a surface even more hazardous.

Even those that do the sensible thing and opt for textured flooring for walkways that are constantly exposed to water, some of them may not be as effective as first perceived, resulting in a surface that still poses slip risks.

Anti slip tape is a suitable back up to your slip prevention methods, with the ability to apply it on any surface that may require some reinforcement. Non-abrasive anti slip tape is available for situations such as this, as the surface is perfectly fine to walk on with bare feet, so is suitable for use in swimming pools, showers and water parks etc.

The reason why non abrasive anti slip tape will not harm bare feet is down to its construction. An embossed PVC that when finished has a softer feel, so while still having the peaks to prevent slips, lacks all the sharp minerals that would cause damage to skin, items of clothing etc, making it perfect for this kind of application.

Non abrasive anti slip tapes lack of valleys in the material also make it suitable for areas that have strict hygiene standards. It means bacteria cannot harbour, and it will not damage cleaning implements, so it is very easy to clean.

Application is as easy as peeling off the backing liner and applying it to a surface which dry, clean and free from grease and is ready to use immediately.

If you would like more information, you can contact us via phone, email, live chat or the contact us form on this site.

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Conspicuity Dot Tape Available for European Manufacturers

Monday, September 15th, 2014

conspicuity dot tape europeWith a sister company out in USA, naturally we are going to have access to products that, while may not be of any use to the European consumer, does not mean it isn’t required by European businesses who supply the US. There are many vehicle and trailer manufacturers in Europe who supply out to the US and for this reason we are announcing the availability of DOT tape from our UK based warehouse.

Conspicuity DOT reflective tape is not certified for the European market, only for North & South America and the middle east, which is regulated by the FMCSA, so for European companies manufacturing for the certified markets, there would be additional costs for DOT tape due to them having to import it from manufacturers in America or Asia.

Dot tape kit packsOur C2 reflective conspicuity DOT tape is fully certified and meets all regulations and is of the same construction as any other DOT Tape, impact proof, UV stable and constructed from a series of prisms which reflects light in all directions that it faces, ensuring visibility at all times. It has a self-adhesive base which can be applied to surfaces such as aluminium, steel, fibreglass etc. We carry all DOT tape variants in stock for immediate dispatch.

We are currently in the process of constructing a full web page to ensure you can aquire all the information you need before committing to any final decisions.

Certain roll sizes and kit packs in all colours and variants are available for immediate dispatch. For custom options, please call us first.

For more information, please contact our sales team on 01254 832266, or you can email, live chat or use the contact form on this site.

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Preventing Slips & Falls in Catering & Hospitality

Friday, August 29th, 2014

anti slip flooring in cateringCatering and hospitality are two fast paced, high-energy environments, of which surround workers and the public, in some cases, with possible hazards, a major one being slippery floors. Slippery floors are the catalyst to further injuries in the kitchen, with hobs, ovens and fryers in constant use, as well as sharp kitchen implements, ensuring the walking surface is clean, dry and safe is one of the most vital safety checks to perform, constantly.

Following these steps is vital to ensuring a safe working environment for your staff and guests.

  •  Spillages throughout the day must be cleaned immediately to prevent slips.
  •  Ensure the cleaning equipment is right for the type of flooring in your premises, efficient, thorough cleaning is  always required, with the right cleaning solution to remove all types of spillages, particularly oil and grease.
  •  Make sure staff wear sensible footwear, with plenty of grip. Slip resistant footwear, but only if absolutely  necessary, would be a good idea.
  •  Ensure all staff are fully trained in cleaning procedures and ensure no shortcuts are made.
  •  Planning ahead makes it easier to deal with or reduce potential problems.
  •  Installing anti slip flooring first and foremost will help reduce the risk of hazards and prevent all spillages being very slippery.

One of the most thorough guides on the web is the HSE guide: Stop slips in kitchens: A good practice guide. This guide features all the information you could require to ensure you are meeting health and safety regulations and most of all, protecting your employees and guests if applicable as much as you possibly can, in a safe environment that allows your staff to perform their tasks to the highest standards, and your guests enjoy the occasion in complete comfort.

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