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anti slip grating floorAnti Slip - gritted surface tested in accordance with BS 7976-2 (slip resistance)

fire resistant icon 2Fire Resistant - complies with Euro Class 1 - ISO 11952-2 and Class A2-S1ISO 9239-1

non conductive iconNon-Conductive - carbon finish available to provide static discharge characteristics


10 year guaranteeLifespan - all products guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years


made in uk britain flag logo english 2Made in GB - Manufactured in the UK in accordance with our ISO 9001 accredited QMS

 

Non-Slip Decking Strips - Safe TreadNon-Slip
Decking Strips
Anti-Slip Stair Nosing - Safe TreadAnti-Slip
Stair Nosing
Non-Slip Floor Sheets - Safe TreadNon-Slip
Floor Sheets
Anti-Slip Stair Treads - Safe TreadAnti-Slip
Stair Treads
Anti-Slip Extra Deep Stair Treads - Safe TreadAnti-Slip Extra Deep
Stair Treads
Stair Risers - Safe TreadStair Riser
Plates
Anti-Slip Tactile Paving PlatesAnti-Slip
Tactile Paving
Open Mesh GRP GratingAnti-Slip
GRP Grating
Anti-Slip Stair Access PlatformsAnti-Slip
Access Platforms
Sand Ladders, Waffle Boards, Bridging Ladders, Vehicle Recovery - Safe TreadSand Ladders,
Waffle Boards
Adhesives & Screw Fixings.Adhesives &
Screw Fixings
Nationwide Installation ServiceNationwide
Installation Service

 

Meeting Floor Safety Regulations: A Guide for Facilities Managers

As a Facilities Manager, ensuring the safety of your building's occupants is paramount. 

1One of the most overlooked yet critical aspects of safety is floor safety, however according to HSE, slips and trips are responsible for over a third of all reported major injuries. In fact, these accidents are responsible for more major injuries in the manufacturing and service sectors than any other cause, and cost UK employers over £500 million per year in lost productivity – hugely significant statistics when many of these incidents can be prevented through proper safety measures. 

Surfaces that are wet, uneven, or poorly maintained increase the risk of accidents. Inadequate lighting, cluttered walkways, and improper signage further exacerbate the dangers.

No matter the setting, health and safety laws mandate that buildings adhere to strict regulations to prevent slips, trips, and falls. Neglecting these regulations not only puts individuals at risk but can also lead to legal liabilities and financial losses for businesses. 


Here in the UK we have robust health and safety laws designed to protect workers, visitors, and the public. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a legal duty on employers and building owners to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all persons in the workplace. This includes maintaining safe floor conditions to prevent accidents.Additionally, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to conduct risk assessments to identify potential hazards, including those related to floor safety. These assessments must be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect any changes in the workplace environment.

But what are the barriers Facilities Managers face when it comes to ensuring the safety of flooring throughout a building?

As the main overseer of a facility’s maintenance, security and other related duties, Facilities Managers shoulder a significant responsibility in guaranteeing adherence to safety regulations within their buildings. Alongside the guidance of any Health & Safety personnel, their role involves not only implementing but also consistently maintaining various safety measures, requiring a considerable investment in time and resources. And with ever changing Health & Safety regulations, keeping a facility up to date with legal guidelines can prove challenging.

4Budget constraints are often one of the biggest factors which lead to a breakdown in floor safety. Damaged and worn surfaces can create dangerous slip hazards, and aging infrastructure, especially in older buildings, often require additional maintenance. Allocating funds for regular maintenance and repairs of flooring can be difficult, especially when budgets are tight, whilst the down time required for such repairs can often negatively impact a business’ productivity. Facilities Managers must carefully schedule maintenance activities to minimise disruptions while ensuring the safety of occupants and visitors, which isn’t always easy!

However, improving the safety of a facilities floor surfaces doesn’t have to complicated or costly. Ultimately it pays dividends in the long run to ensure the safety of the individuals within the building whilst also mitigating potential liabilities and maintaining operational continuity.

There are many methods of enhancing the safety of floors, from Safe Tread’s Non-Slip Floor Sheets, through to Anti-Slip Stair Treads. These methods are budget friendly (costing a fraction of a full scale floor / staircase surface replacement), whilst being quick and easy to install, minimising downtime. 

Prioritising floor safety safeguards employees and visitors within the premises from potential harm. It's a fundamental responsibility of Facilities Managers to ensure the wellbeing of everyone within the building and by investing in cost-effective solutions Facilities Managers can mitigate risks, minimise downtime, and ultimately prevent accidents from occurring. 

At the end of the day, adherence to safety regulations mitigates the likelihood of loss of productivity and costly legal disputes arising from accidents or injuries caused by negligence.