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Anti-Slip Tapes

Over recent years, SSP Direct have significantly developed our range of anti-slip tapes. Starting of with standard anti slip tapes of different widths and anti slip matting, we have recently added conformable anti slip strips on a roll and anti-slip treads for use on uneven surfaces like checker plates.

SSP now also do aluminium backed anti slip stair treads and photoluminescent nonslip tapes, both of which utilise the same course, near diamond hard aggregate finish for maximum safety.

The final section of this range is our non abrasive antislip tapes for use in swimming pools, gyms and any other area where the public may attend.

All our anti-slip tapes and anti-slip matting are available on a 24 hours turnaround.

SSP’s range of anti-slip items is extremely versatile. While a majority of the items are ordered for use on stairs, there are many places where the antislip tapes, cleats and other items could be utilised.

SSP have become the expert in anti-slip solutions for stairs. Using our tape rolls, bolt down strips or stair nosing, we are certain that we can help create a safer environment for your stairs, whether indoor or out.

In a sauna, shower room, gym, leisure centre or hospital, there are certain wet areas that have both a high risk of slipping and high levels of bare foot traffic - often those of young children or vulnerable adults. For this reason, SSP now champion a Foot Friendly range of non-abrasive anti slip tape. This tape is both kind on bare skin and high coefficient of friction, meaning there is less chance of losing grip underfoot.

In your school, yard or grounds, steep inclines and declines can be extremely dangerous, especially in the winter months. For this reason, it may be advised to utilise SSP’s anti slip range. Using tape, cleats or bolt down plates, it is cost effective and simple to install a solution that can minimise the risk of damage to vehicles, and also reduce the risk of accidents on foot.

Care Homes
In care homes, the majority of residents are older, more vulnerable people who would really benefit from having anti-fall measures in place. Despite its useful nature, a disabled access ramp can become extremely dangerous underfoot in cold or icy weather. Anti-slip tapes can help in preventing falls and slips.

Sports Halls
Due to the range of sizes, styles and colours, many of SSP’s existing clients have taken to marking their sports halls and courts using anti slip marking. This manages to add an additional level of safety whilst retaining aesthetics. White, yellow and multiple other colours are available from stock.

SSP have recently supplied tape, markings and anti slip floor signage to a large warehouse in the West Midlands. This particular client was keen on the belt and braces approach to safety, and utilised both anti slip tape as bay marking, alongside coarse surface Forklift Truck signs and numbers to mark bays.

Safe condition
As well as the common yellow warning tape and red prohibition marking, SSP also have a range of glow in the dark (Photoluminescent) anti slip tape. This can help minimise the risk of injury, both day to day and in panicked fire evacuation situations, as well as help guide people in the event of an emergency.

Of course, the need for anti slip solutions is as varied as the products that combat it. It is down to an organisation’s management to deem what is necessary. After all very few people are going to install a full floor of anti slip tape. Using slip resistant tapes, cleats and plates can help minimise the risk of injury and therefore help comply with the following pieces of legislation:

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA)  “Employers have a duty to take care of their own health and safety and that of others and must use any safety equipment provided.”

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Regulation 3)
Builds on the above, requires employers to asses risks, including those of slips, trips and falls.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (Regulation 12)
Requires floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.

For more information on the above and how it affects you, see the HSE website here

With regard to finish, SSP have a range of types of anti slip to suit any application. All of the following are complete with our Ultra-Strong adhesive, meaning that proper installation provides a long lasting, effective anti slip surface.

1. Non-Abrasive (Least coarse)
These tapes, strips and sheets are for use in wet areas, times and other areas with high levels of barefoot traffic. Its finish is both effective and foot friendly.

2. Coarse (More coarse)
This tape is for use in areas with relatively low levels of pedestrians, pallet trucks or forklifts. Most commonly used internally, but absolutely suitable for outdoor use. If the area is particularly slippery or prone to ice, it may be worth using the X-Coarse version to further minimise risk.

3. Extra Coarse (X-Coarse) and XXL Coarse (Most coarse)
This tape utilises far larger aggregates in order to provide the ultimate in traction. Its ‘diamond hard’ finish means it is perfect for use in high traffic warehouses, or for use in areas which regularly become wet or icy.

As well as multiple finishes, SSP’s range of anti slip solution also has many styles:

Generally supplied in 18.3 metre rolls, SSP have a range of tapes, spanning 25mm to 610mm wide to suit almost any application imaginable. As stock items, we can ship most sizes, in nine colours, often on a next day basis. There really is a solution for any anti slip need. These tapes can safely be used inside or outside and in the following colours from stock;

Black – The most common. Often used in school halls.
Yellow – Used to highlight an area or mark warehouses.
Yellow/Black Chevrons – Used to demark hazardous areas in line with BS EN ISO 5499 Colours.
Clear – Used in premium areas where aesthetics are very important.
Red/White Chevrons – Used to mark prohibition. Generally for areas not accessible without authorisation.
Red – Used to mark out a fire equipment area or work with branding guidelines.
Blue – Often used in hospitals or swimming pool areas.
Grey – Used as a subtle addition to a corridor or walkway. Again for aesthetically aware areas.
Brown – Used on wooden floors or to fit with décor or corporate branding
White (Glow in the dark) – Used to demark safe condition areas such as fire exits, refuge areas etc.
White/Black Chevrons (Glow in the dark) – Again, for safe condition marking. Often used to demark final fire exits, stairways or extinguishers.

Tile Squares
SSP have a specialised range of tile squares. Supplied in packs of ten, in black, yellow and transparent finishes, these kits can help aid safety in kitchens, shower areas and other places with high levels of risk and foot traffic. They are also stocked in non-abrasive variants, SSP’s Foot Friendly barefoot anti slip finish.

Similar to tapes, these adhesive backed strips are supplied in 610x150mm strips and are available in hazard warning colours, with optional CAUTION or WATCH YOUR STEP messages. These strips are often used to demark safe walkways for pedestrians.

For decking or other uneven surfaces, SSP stock a range of bolt down plates. At 365x115mm, these plates are a perfect solution to anti slip in areas that are often dangerous when wet, such as garden decking, wooden steps or areas around canals or locks. These plates are available in yellow, black, or a hazard warning chevron combination of both. A video detailing the installation can be seen here

Stair Nosing
Similar to the plates, these bolt down treads simply sit at the lip of your stairs, creating a safe passage for any passers through. We also have a GRP version, which can be cut to size and boasts excellent friction, even in wet or oily areas.

Primer and Sealant
For more troublesome surfaces or areas with very high levels of traffic, it may prove useful to use primer and/or sealant. SSP’s primer is used to treat areas such as concrete, stone or wood, that naturally have porous surfaces. This primer allows a more consistent bond between the floor and adhesive. Sealant adds an extra layer of grip around the edges of tapes and cleats, minimising the risk of damage from shuffling feet, cars, pallet or forklift trucks. Please consult installation guides before using either of these items.

Why anti slip tape?
It is easy to see that anti-slip tape is a step towards a safe environment, but why should you install it?
Firstly, this tape is easily installed in a short amount of time. This means a much simpler solution than anti slip paint, which may require a warehouse be shut down, emptied and re-fitted. It also minimises waste, by only being installed in problematic areas.

Whilst in some cases, it may prove wiser to use thermoplastic marking, in a large majority of cases, tape is an easier, cheaper and less disruptive solution. Again, anti slip tape can be installed using no training, specialist equipment, (though it may prove useful to use our straight line tape marker) and without stopping production, packing, or blocking off an area until safe.

Due to the cost effectiveness of SSP’s anti slip tapes, as well as the option of photoluminescence, this can be used as a ‘One stop shop’ for any hazard, prohibition or safe condition area marking. This means that using one item can help comply with a plethora of best practices and legislation, as well as keeping everybody safe and well informed of risk, which is the most important part after all.

On the flip side, where aesthetics are important, SSP also stock transparent and coloured tapes, which allow you to fit branding into your health and safety regimen. We can also provide tape to any colour reference (RGB, CMYK, Hex, Pantone) - although lead times will naturally be slightly increased.
As well as custom colours, we can also cut to size. We can cut lengths, widths and even shapes. One client required footprint shapes, which we were able to provide quickly and at a cost that surprised even the sales team! Furthermore, being heavily involved in print, we can also add bespoke text to your cleats, strips and tapes.

A benefit of anti slip tape is that it is fairly easily recognisable. This means that people are, without thinking about it, likely to have slipping in mind. This creates an almost placebo-like effect, where pedestrians are watching their step as well as having the anti-slip safety net underneath.

Installation is without a doubt the most important part of anti slip solutions. By cutting corners or rushing it is very easy to create a solution that is either short lived or actively unsafe. To avoid this, simply follow the installation sheet provided, or use the following steps;

1. Ensure the surface is dry, flat and clean.
It is advised to clean, brush and dry the surface before installing tape. Any remnants of dust, dirt or other impurities may create air bubbles in the adhesive, reducing its lifespan. If you are installing on wood, concrete or another porous surface it may be worth using a primer. It may go without saying, but installing in the rain is not advisable at all. For more problematic areas, why not use bolt down plates?

2. Install the tape flat, with no creases or bubbles.
Again, creases and bubbles create air pockets, which will reduce the lifespan of the tape or cleat significantly. It is always worth taking the care to install properly, rather than having to reinstall at a later date. To avoid issues such as this and ensure a flat install, SSP’s tale roller can help provide straight and flat lines with ease. Of course, some surfaces are naturally not flat. For these areas, such as chequer plate, SSP’s conformable tape is ideal.

3. Is sealant necessary?
If the area is likely to have high levels of foot traffic, or regular forklift or pallet truck traffic, it may be wise to use a sealant around the edges. Whilst the adhesive is extremely strong, using an edge sealant minimises the risk of the tape being kicked up by feet or wheels, thus extending its lifespan and preventing a trip hazard.

4. Leave to dry
Once installed, SSP’s tape is ready to use. However, it is a good idea to leave the tape, strip or cleat to dry (ideally overnight for larger areas) just to ensure that the adhesive is set properly and evenly.