The new "Mongolian Steppe" area was designed in the course of the redesign of Zurich Zoo. The visitor toilet house in the new section was made non-slip by SWISS GriP. As a special feature of the "Mongolian Steppe" there will be overnight accommodation in typical yurts. The beautiful mosaics of the tiled floor were slippery and should be made safe and tread-proof for visitors and staff of the zoo with an anti-slip covering.
Barrier-free living is not only trendy, but the insight that slippery tiles are not natural is becoming more and more accepted. The selection and anti-slip floor tiles play a central role not only in the sanitary area. In this context, buyers are now paying particular attention to non-slip tiles in the entire floor area.
Anri-slip tiles have a specially treated surface that is intended to significantly reduce the risk of slipping on the tiles. However, non-slip tiles in daily use usually do not live up to the promises made in advertising. Slip resistance of floor tiles according to the standards DIN 51097 and 51130 are still slippery when stepped on. Especially swimming pools and commercial operators have the problem of having laid anti-slip tiles, but still being confronted with slipping accidents. Customer complaints and legal proceedings concerning slip resistance of tiles are increasing.
Non-slip tiles often carry test seals. However, they are tested when dry. There is no classification for wet areas. So it happens that even products that are not actually slip-resistant achieve good test results. The certification of products, which are sometimes carried out exclusively by the manufacturers and not tested by an independent institute, is also common practice.
GriP Safety Coatings has therefore concentrated on the so-called pendulum test (standard BS7976). This test examines products and classifies them into different classes between high and low slip potential. A movable silicone-based carriage simulates a barefoot situation on the tested surface.