Mineral Fillers for Anti-Slip Systems

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All surfaces, regardless of application, need to incorporate an element of anti-slip in their specification.

The widely-accepted principle of safety by design requires that flooring and surfaces be slip-resistant over their life cycle — not just at the time of installation. Safety criteria based solely on static coefficient of friction for assessing safety are too often misleading where the surface gets wet or otherwise lubricated in use.

A challenge for many anti-slip systems is to maintain the anti-slip quality while being able to be effectively cleaned.  These two requirements quite often clash.

Anti-slip floors need to be as smooth as possible but also needs an element of profile so as to maintain their anti-slip characteristics. Anti-slip requirements for roads, car parks and pedestrian areas require similar performance within the functionality of the surface. 

In either case, the mineral particle grade, size and shape are important factors.

It is important that the working environment of the anti-slip surface is also considered when selecting the system’s mineral components; whether it will need to accommodate pedestrian traffic, forklifts and vehicles that are heavy or trolleys with abrasive steel wheels, whether colour integrity needs to be maintained, etc.