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Trying To Find The Right Non-Slip Industrial Coating For Your Facility? Here Are 3 Things You Need To Consider

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Slip-and-fall accidents are fairly common in the workplace. Employees become distracted, lose their footing and end up becoming injured. Adding a slip-resistant industrial coating to your facility's flooring can cut down on these incidents by providing more traction. They're made from either epoxy or urethane and have a rough stone aggregate applied to the surface. Picking the right coating for your application, however, requires some thought. Read on to learn three things you should consider when you're selecting non-slip industrial coatings.  

1. Coefficient of Friction

When comparing slip-resistant industrial coatings, the most important factor to consider is the coefficient of friction provided by the coating. The coefficient of friction is the measure of how much traction the surface has — higher numbers provide more traction, making them more slip-resistant.

The dry coefficient of friction isn't the most useful number, however. You need to consider the coefficient of friction when the surface is wet. Accidental falls often happen when an employee doesn't notice a spill on the floor.

How a slip-resistant industrial coating performs when there's a puddle of water on the floor or an oil spill on it will determine how useful it is in preventing injuries on the job. Coatings with rough, angular aggregate broadcast into them during application tend to perform the best at retaining traction when wet.

2. Ease of Cleaning

A high coefficient of friction has a downside, however. Normal cleaning methods won't work on them. The rough aggregate in slip-resistant industrial coatings will rapidly shred sponges and mops. The jagged stones quickly tear the fibers apart.

If you plan to clean the floors in your facility using traditional mop and bucket methods, then you may want to choose a rounded aggregate for your slip-resistant coating. It won't provide as much traction, but it's less likely to damage cleaning tools.

What if you use hot steam to clean your floors? In this case, the shape of the aggregate doesn't matter at all. What does matter is the composition of the coating. Epoxy coatings will become brittle and crack when they're exposed to high heat. You'll need to select a urethane floor coating instead. It's slightly more expensive than epoxy, but it withstands steam cleaning.

3. Color Availability

Finally, make sure that the slip-resistant industrial coating you select is available in multiple colors. Coloration is a part of workplace safety that's often overlooked. Sections of floor where the slip-resistant coating begins should be a different color from the rest of your floor, as it prevents employees from stumbling when the floor underneath them suddenly provides much more traction.

Safe areas of your facility should be a different color from ones that are potentially hazardous. This helps facility visitors know which areas they should stay in. Additionally, stairs should be a different color from the flooring around them in order to provide contrast.

If you're having difficulty choosing the right slip-resistant industrial coating for your facility, have a conversation with contractors in your area. Tell them how you plan to clean the floors in your facility, whether or not the floor will be exposed to caustic chemicals or solvents and your desired level of slip resistance. Experts who work in the field will be able to help you find the best industrial coating for your application.