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Heskins Different Tapes Explained


With Heskins range of safety tape products growing extensively, we have decided to dedicate a post to explain Heskins different safety tapes.

Heskins range of products has grown massively since 1997, with anti-slip tape products, glow in the dark tape, floor marking tape and many variants of these also. Two of our most popular products are abrasive and non-abrasive. But what is the difference? Here we will use this blog post as an opportunity to explain the different Safety-Grip tape Heskins supply.

Different Construction

First, we start by explaining the differences in the construction between abrasive and non-abrasive. By under­standing the construction of both anti-slip materials; this is the beginning of helping you to decide which anti-slip surface is suitable for your application.


Our flagship product, Safety Grip, was our first material we ever created and sold. Safety grip is our abrasive material that was the basis and foundation for all of our abrasive product variations. The construction of Safety Grip begins with the backing liner, a flexible PVC band that provides excellent durability in virtually all weather types. Resin is applied to the surface, and then crushed aluminium oxide is applied to the surface. It is then passed through a static bar, ensuring the sharpest ends of the grit point upwards. Finally, the surface is covered with a lighter coat of resin to prevent shedding and increasing durability. Adhesive is applied to the underside, and covered with a backing liner, finishing the product.

Non Abrasive

Non-abrasive comes in many forms, but the construction virtually follows the same process. Using varying thicknesses of PVC, manipulated for a more ‘rubber-like’ finish, it is passed through an embossing roller to form the anti-slip surface. For our coarse resilient, one more step is taken at this stage. While the material is still molten, it goes through a process known as ‘micro-blowing’. This creates deeper valleys, and higher peaks on the material, allowing for a different finish as to that of our aqua safe, for example. Once the material has set, and adhesive is applied to the underside, and a backing liner is added to protect that until application. This method of production for our non-abrasive anti-slip materials ensures that there are no hidden crevices on the material were dirt can harbour. All the while providing effective grip protection that can rival our Safety Grip. Use in wet areas, as well as sterile areas that have strict hygiene standards imposed on them, is possible with non-abrasive.

Application Examples

Heskins different Safety-Grip tapes have been applied far and wide, and here are a few examples of where they can be used to help you make your choice.


Many external areas are susceptible to build-ups of dirt, either through conditions or low maintenance. The presence of dirt itself can be enough to cause slips. Add water to the mix and you have a guaranteed hazard on your hands, or feet if you prefer. Poor material used for flooring in many areas can also be enough to cause slip hazards. With the deep valleys and high, sharp peaks, dirt and dust can settle in these valleys, without it affecting the performance of your chosen anti-slip product. With Heskins Safety Grip deep valleys and high, sharp peaks, dirt and dust can settle in these valleys, without it affecting the performance of your chosen anti-slip product. Here are some example areas where abrasive can be applied to eradicate the risk of slip and fall accidents.

  • External walkways
  • External Stairways and Nosing’s
  • Diamond tread walkways and stairs ( conformable Safety-Grip is ideal for this application )



Non-abrasive features an effective non-slip surface, but is also smooth enough to walk on barefoot if necessary. As the name suggests, there is no abrasion that could damage skin or clothes, and it also lacks any valleys or hidden areas where dirt or bacteria can harbour. Non-abrasive non-slip tape can be applied in areas exposed to water, or environments with strict hygiene standards, such as:

  • Boats
  • Swimming pools
  • Restaurant kitchens
  • Medical labs
  • Clean rooms

A video is available on the Heskins Youtube channel which gives you a visual of our different safety tapes.
For more information, please visit the website and view our range of different safety tapes, or alter­natively you can contact us by phone, email or fill in the contact form.

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