Standards Australia has recently released two new draft Standards which deal with slip resistance of floor surfaces:
- DR AS 4586: Slip Resistance Classification of NEW Pedestrian Surface Materials; and
- DR AS 4663: Slip Resistance Measurement of EXISTING Pedestrian Surfaces.
Why are these standards important for safety specialists?
These standards provide a consistent way to determine the ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe’ characteristics of floor surfaces, including circumstances whether they are dry or wet. For example, is your lovely marble foyer safe, or not? Hopefully your architect has specified the correct materials.
We will update you when these standards are finalised
Frequency & Cost of Slips and Fall Injuries
A study by Monash University Accident Research Centre (2008) has reported that globally, falls are the second largest cause of unintentional fatality after road traffic injuries.
The study also found many of the preventable slips and falls were the direct result of factors including:
- Floor surface and building design
- Selection of floor surface materials
- Construction methods (joints between tiles or surfaces)
- Surface contaminants (oil, water, fat)
- Footwear worn by individual
- Human error (age, distractions, frailty, etc.)
Another study conducted by the National Floor Safety Institute (US) estimates that slips and falls on same level typically account for 53% of public liability claims and 61% of associated costs.
Is your workplace up-to-date with these Standards? Safety Action can help in assessing your risks and provide practical advice to control the slip and fall hazards in your business.
For more information, call Safety Action on (03)9690-9311