Study in to Slips on Banana Skins Leads to Award

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Slip on BananaIn the non-slip industry we must have one of the least exciting subjects, it is great that a silly (but time honoured) slip problem has finally been investigated.  On a serious level, a Japanese University, Kitasato, has performed a scientific study as to why a banana skin creates slips.  The study has been awarded an Ig Novel award which is effectively a spoof Novel prize.  Although the study was based on a joke, its operation was scientific, one very interesting result that it produced was that a banana skin had a higher level of coefficient of friction compared to ice and snow.  The study points to us how careful we should be with natural weather conditions and the slippage problems that they generate.

Our blog post on slip prevention in winter touched on some points for making your home/business safer during the winter months, but we know there are other angles to be covered and we will follow that up with another post next month.


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.


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.