Slip resistance standard

Anti SlipSlips, trips and falls have become one of the main health and safety risks in our community and the most expensive occupational health and safety cost for business and industry.

Slip and fall prevention has become a national health priority area.  The Australian Government has many initiatives designed to reduce such injuries in the workplace, in residences and in public areas.

The potential for serious injury from slips, trips and falls cannot be overestimated. Such incidents have critical consequences and long-term effects. Workers’ compensation insurance covers only a small portion of the costs. It does not account for indirect costs, such as:

  • The time to process and manage the injury
  • Increased workloads for other staff to perform the injured person’s work
  • Loss of expertise and necessary skills and additional training for replacement staff
  • Decreased productivity
  • The human aspect of pain and suffering

85% of all slip and fall injuries can be prevented.

The Australian government stipulates that Australian businesses, as well as home-owners, must ensure that pedestrian surfaces meet certain standards of slip resistance. Failure to address floor safety issues leaves businesses and home-owners at risk of litigation and its impacts.

Item Work Rooms & Work Areas Classification Group of Slip Hazard Minimum Displacement Volume
0 General work rooms and work areas
0.1 Entrance Areas R9
0.2 Entrance Stairs R9
0.3 Social Facilities (toilets, washrooms) R10
1 Production of margarine, edible fats and oil
1.1 Melting of fats R13 V6
1.2 Cooking oil refinery R13 V4
1.3 Margarine production and packaging R12
1.4 Cooking oil production and filling of bottles R12
2 Milk processing, cheese production
2.1 Fresh milk processing and butter production R12
2.2 Cheese production, storage and packaging R11
2.3 Icecream production R12
3 Chocolate and confectionary production
3.1 Sugar processing R12
3.2 Cocoa production R12
3.3 Production of raw mixtures R11
3.4 Production of chocolate bars, eggs and confectionary
4 Bakery Products
4.1 Dough preparation R11
4.2 Rooms in which mainly greasy or liquid mixtures produced R12
4.3 Washing-up rooms R12 V4
5 Slaugterhouse, meat processing
5.1 Slaughterhouse R13 V10
5.2 Tripe processing R13 V10
5.3 Meat Sectioning R13 V8
5.4 Sausage Kitchen R13 V8
5.5 Boiled Sausage department R13 V8
5.6 Raw sausage department R12
5.7 Smoking room R12
5.8 Salting and curing room R12
5.10 Poultry processing R12 V6
5.11 Intestine Storage R12
5.12 Cold meat slicing and packaging departments R12
6 Processing of fish, delicatessen products
6.1 Fish processing R13 V10
6.2 Delicatessen production R13 V6
6.3 mayonnaise production R13 V6
7 Vegetable processing
7.1 Production of sauerkraut R13 V6
7.2 Vegetable tinning R13 V6
7.3 Sterilising rooms R11
7.4 Rooms in which vegetables are prepared for processing R12 V4
8 Other wet areas used for food and drink production
8.1 Storage cellars R10
8.2 Beverage bottling, fruit juice production R11
9 Catering Establishments
9.1 hotel and restaurant kitches
9.1.1 Up tp 100 meals a day R12 V4
9.1.2 More than 100 meals a day R12 V4
9.2 Kichens catering for homes, schools and sanatoriums R11
9.3 Kitchens catering for hospitals and clinics R12
9.4 Large kitchens catering for indutrial and university canteens, contract catering R12 V4
9.5 Fast food kitchens, snack bars R12 V4
9.6 Kitchens for heating up frozen meals R10
9.8 Washing-up rooms
9.8.1 Washing-up rooms for 9.1, 9.4, 9.5 R12 V4
9.8.2 Washing-up rooms for 9.2 R11
9.8.3 Washing-up rooms for 9.3 R12
9.9 Dining rooms, guest rooms, canteens including serving counters R9
10 Cold stores, deep freeze stores
10.1 For unpacked goods R12
10.2 For packed goods R11
11 Sales outlets, shops
11.1 Reception of goods, meat R11
11.2 Reception of goods, fish R11
11.3 Serving counters for unpackaged meat and sausages R11
11.4 Serving counters for packaged meat and sausages R10
11.5 Serving counters for fish R12
11.6 Meat preparation room R12
11.7 Florists shops R11
11.8 Sales areas with stationary ovens R11
11.9 Sales areas with stationary deep fryers or grills R12 V4
11.10 Shops, customer accessible areas R9
11.11 Preparation areas for food for self-service shops R10
11.12 Cash register areas, packing areas R9
11.13 Sales areas for unpackaged bread, cakes, pastries R10
11.14 Sales areas for unpackaged cheese and cheese products R10
11.15 Serving counters except for 11.3 to 11.5 and 11.13, 11.14 R9
12 Health service rooms
12.1 Disinfection rooms (wet) R11
12.2 Sterilisation rooms R10
12.3 Excrement disposal rooms, unclean nursing work rooms R10
12.4 Pathological facilities R10
12.5 Hydrotherapy rooms, medical bath areas R11
12.6 Wash rooms of operating theatres, plastering rooms R10
12.7 Sanitary rooms, ward bath rooms R10
12.8 Rooms for medical diagnostics and therapy, massage rooms R9
12.9 Operating theatres R9
12.10 Wards with hospital rooms and corridors R9
12.11 Medicine practices, day clinics R9
12.12 Pharmacies R9
12.13 Laboratories R9
12.14 Hairdressing salons R9
13 Laundry
13.1 Rooms with washing machines for washing laundry with water R11
13.2 Ironing rooms R9
14 Fodder concentrate production
14.1 Dried fodder production R11
14.2 Fodder concentrate production using fats and water R11 V4
15 Leather production; textiles
15.1 Wet areas in tanneries R13
15.2 Rooms with skimming machines R13 V10
15.3 Areas where leather scraps accumulate R13 V10
15.4 Rooms where grease is used to make leather impermeable R12
15.5 Die mill for textiles R11
16 Paint shops
16.1 Wet grinding areas R12
17 Ceramic industry
17.1 Wet grinding mills for raw material processing R11 V10
17.2 Mixing and handling of tar, pitch, graphite and synthetic resins R11
17.3 Pressing (shaping), with tar, pitch, graphite and synthetic resins R11
17.4 Moulding areas R12
17.5 Glazing areas R12
18 Stone glass processing
18.1 Stone cutting, grinding and polishing R11
18.2 Glass shaping
18.2.1 Hollow glass ware, flat glass R11
18.3 Grindery areas
18.3.1 Hollow glass ware, flat glass R11
18.4 Insulating glass manufacture, handling of drying agents R11
18.5 Packaging, shipping of flat glass, handling of drying agents R11 V6
18.6 Etching and acid polishing facilities for glass R11
19 Cast concrete facilities
19.1 Concrete washing areas R11
20 Storage areas
20.1 Store rooms for oils and fats R12 V6
21 Chemical and thermal treatment of iron and metal
21.1 Pickling plants R12
21.2 Hardening ship R12
21.3 Labratory rooms R11
22 Metal processing, metal workshops
22.1 Galvanising shops R12
22.2 Grey cast iron processing R11
22.3 Mechanical processing areas (e.g. turning section, press working), drawing installation (pipes, wires) and areas exposed to increased oil and lubricant contamination R11
22.4 Parts cleaning areas, exhaust steam areas
23 Vehicles repair workshops
23.1 Repair and servicing bays R11
23.2 Working and inspection bays R12 V4
23.3 Car wash areas R11 V4
24 Aircraft service and repair workshops
24.1 Aircraft hangars R11
24.2 Repair hangars R12
24.3 Washing halls R12 V4
25 Waste water treatment plants
25.1 Pump rooms R12
25.2 Rooms for sludge draining units R12
25.3 Rooms for screening equipment R12
26 Fire Brigade buildings
26.1 Vehicle parking bays R12
26.2 Hose maintenance equipment rooms R12
27 Financial Institutions
27.1 Counter areas R9
28 Garages (with exception of areas in number 0)
28.1 Garages, multi-storey carpark, car parks R10
29 Schools and Kindergartens
29.1 Entrance halls, corridors, assembly halls R9
29.2 Classrooms, group rooms R10
29.3 Stairs R10
29.4 Toilets, washrooms R10
29.5 Instructional kitchens in schools (see also number 9) R10
29.6 Kitchens in Kindergartens (see also number 9) R10
29.7 Machine rooms for woodworking R10
29.8 Special rooms for handicrafts R10
Ref: HB 197:1999 - Standards Australia

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