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Safe Environments provide assistance for slip resistance testing and compliance

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article image An Introductory Guide to the Slip Resistance of Pedestrian Surface Materials

The majority of slip resistance requirements are performance based such that they require surfaces to be non-slip or non-skid. The Building Code of Australia has slip resistance requirements for most commercial buildings. The slip resistance requirements are that "non-slip" and "non-skid" surfaces must be installed for pedestrian ramps, stair treads and landings.

Slip resistance requirements for disability access state that all continuous accessible paths of travel should have a slip-resistant surface.

The NSW OHS regulation have slip resistance requirements such that "A controller of premises must identify any foreseeable hazard arising from the premises that has the potential to harm the health or safety of any person accessing, using or egressing from the premises", and also "including the potential for people slipping tripping or falling ".

Common law considers that if one have caused loss and amenity to others by a negligent action or omission that otherwise would not have occurred if reasonable care was taken.

To assist in determining what is reasonably safe, Standards Australia & CSIRO Handbook HB 197, An Introductory Guide to the Slip Resistance of Pedestrian Surface Materials is seen as a good practice.

The Standards Australia & CSIRO Handbook HB 197 establishes a basis for specifying pedestrian surface materials for various locations. Compliance with its slip resistance requirements will not necessarily alleviate all slip hazards; however conformance will reduce certain pedestrian risks. 

Safe Environments assist in slip resistance testing based on the AS/NZS 4586 slip resistance test methods to ensure that one has met the necessary slip resistance requirements.

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