One of the possible safety hazards in a restaurant is slippery floors. Though there are many ways to reduce the chance of this from occurring, it is best to lessen the possibility from the start by installing floors that have good slip resistance. There are certain things to consider when you’re choosing slip resistance floorings – here are five of them:
Your average number of visitors
The amount of traffic you get on a daily basis has to be accounted for when you’re choosing slip-resistant flooring. If you have more takeout and delivery customers, your restaurant would have a large number of visitors who will be entering and leaving. This has implications on your floor cleaning schedule, where you have to balance out the need to have spotless floors with the possibility of also increasing slip risk. The best way to make sure that you can still have the former without causing the latter to occur is by choosing a low-maintenance slip-resistant material for your floors. Carpet flooring may perhaps be suitable for what you need here, but of course, other slip-resistant materials exist that may be better for your restaurants, such as concrete and hardwood floors.
Low-maintenance flooring materials
If your slip-resistant floors require a lot of maintenance to ensure that it remains that way, it may be time for you to consider installing a different type of flooring. The higher the amount of maintenance that you have to do to ensure that your floors remain slip-resistant means you are just delaying the inevitable: Someone is going to end up hurt. Flooring with excellent slip resistance should be relatively easy for you to maintain, requiring very little daily maintenance. Some flooring materials that fall into this category are tiles and concrete floors. For tile floors, make sure that you choose ones without glaze.
Shock absorption ability
Sometimes, despite your best effort, someone may end up slipping in your restaurant anyway. Is there a way to make sure that they remain considerably unharmed after the incident? The answer is yes – in fact, there are a lot of ways to do that. One way you can mitigate severe injuries is by finding flooring materials that can cushion a fall or have a good shock absorption ability. Basically, when a person falls on this type of floor material, they should have minor to no injuries because the material reduces the chance of any tissue damage by absorbing the impact of the fall. Of course, the best material to do this is this one: Carpets.
It can be said that water resistance and slip resistance has an inverse relationship with one another – the more the material doesn’t absorb liquid, the less likely it is to be slip-resistant. What happens here is that water-resistant materials would end up creating puddles since it is impervious to liquid materials and the higher the water resistance degree is, the more likely a puddle of water would form if it's not immediately cleaned up. However, if the water-resistant materials are located in areas where wet floors could dry up very quickly, you may be able to still use them. It is also possible to apply anti-slip coating on these water-resistant materials.
Floor materials that adhere to existing regulations
Above all else, make sure that you check what regulations apply for your building and the slip hazard classification for each area in your restaurant. Generally, you’ll have to make sure that the materials you use meet specific recommendations based on where they will be used. For example, certain commercial kitchens have to use floor materials classified as Class V and R12, indicating that they have to have a very low chance of slipping when wet which is why floor safety standards are so important..
Some floor materials have outstanding slip resistance, while others may not do so well. However, the degree of slip resistance that you’ll need in your restaurant would be different depending on the applicable regulations. The takeaway from this? You don’t have to install the most slip-resistant floors in all areas of your restaurant – you still have the freedom to mix and match your flooring style according to your design considerations.