Friction Systems Australia  offers testing of floor surfaces to check the safety and effectiveness of non slip treatments.

Bathroom floors treated with non-slip or anti-slip products by handymen may vary in performance from good to average. Product recommendations by hardware store assistants may often result in the application of less-than-effective treatments, leading to higher risk of slip injury.

Following the application of any non-slip treatment, the risk of slip injury increases daily, with surface wear, detergent erosion and contamination build-up reducing the product’s effectiveness. The most common problem is the worn ‘pedestrian track’ where the slip/fall risk is actually higher as the surrounding area feels safe and care is not considered when transitioning on to these ‘tracks’.

Most anti slip or non-slip treatments may look and feel effective on application to the floor surface; however the only way to establish the safety of the floor is by testing its Co-efficient of Friction (COF), which will confirm whether the floor meets Australian Standards.

It is important to test the floor surface at least annually, and more often in heavy pedestrian areas or commercial environments to maintain the effectiveness of any treatment.

Friction Systems Australia will test the existing treated or untreated floor and quickly establish if it meets recommended standards.

Friction Systems Australia will follow up the testing with the application of their professional non slip treatments. A maintenance schedule will also be provided to help ensure the treated surfaces continue to meet Australian Standards and minimise the risk of slip injury, OH&S concerns or litigation.