Client: Zurich University, Winterthur, Switzerland
Assignment: Safety coating of 150 m² tiles in canteen kitchen and hallways.

Substrate: Stone tiles.

Antislip Solution: SWISSGriP Floor
Slip Resistance: Slip resistance class C
Class C:      DIN EN 16165 / DIN51097 – Angle of inclination ≥ 24°
Class R11:  DIN EN 16165 / DIN51130 – Angle of inclination 19°-27°

Cement tiles in canteen kitchen are antislip with GriP Safety Coatings.

The stone floor with cement tiles in kitchen and hallways are slip proof with SWISS GRIP anti-slip floor.

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest and most productive universities of applied sciences in Switzerland, with a strong presence both nationally and internationally. The floor tiles of the canteen kitchen and hallways were slippery when wet or dirty. Furthermore commercial kitchen floors have to be slip resistant to preven slip and flall accidents.

Retrofitting of slip resistance

Slip and fall accidents are at the top of the accident statistics of the employers' liability insurance associations, with flooring being named as the cause of accidents in about half of the cases. Chemical agents based on acid (hydrofluoric acid) to increase slip resistance cause a chemical reaction on the surface of the tiles. The hydrofluoric acid reacts with the minerals present in the floor covering and partially dissolves them. This roughens the stone. The microscopically small depressions in the surface increase the sliding resistance and improve the slip resistance. However, as the surface wears down, smoothing sets in again, so that after some time a new treatment is necessary - until the surfaces of the tiles are so destroyed that they have to be replaced completely.

Anti-slip coatings from GriP Safety Coatings, on the other hand, do not attack the surface of the tiles, nor do they alter the tile. SWISS GriP Anti-Slip is the sustainable and environmentally friendly method of creating slip resistance. In addition, SWISS GriP Anti-Slip is transparent and adapts visually to the respective environment.

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