3M Australia announces a new anti-slip floor coating formulated to meet wet
slip resistance standards without impacting floor gloss and clarity.
Wet slip areas in commercial buildings present a safety and liability
risk for Australian businesses, and are estimated to cost the economy billions
of dollars in workers’ compensation, lost productivity and public
liability insurance claims per annum.
3M’s new Safety-Walk anti-slip peelable coating 3500 has been
developed by 3M Australia’s Commercial Solutions Division and
patented globally. A completely Australian innovation, the new Safety-Walk is a
breakthrough water-based coating for vinyl, ceramic, terrazzo and other hard
floor surfaces, allowing contract cleaners and facility managers to
improve floor safety in high-risk wet slip spaces such as entranceways, service
corridors and bathroom wash basin areas.
Anti-slip properties in the Safety-Walk coating are achieved using
innovative bead technology based on micronised organic polymer spheres, which
create a unique non-abrasive micro-textured surface with optimum abrasion
resistance, gloss control and aesthetics.
Junghan (JH) Lee, Managing Director, 3M Australia explains that the
technology breakthrough behind Safety-Walk was achieved at a microscopic
nano-level and has the potential to make a major impact on floor safety in
Australia and around the world.
According to Roger Hancock, Operations Manager Risk Engineering, Zurich
Financial Services Australia Ltd, slips, trips and falls have become the
primary health and safety risks in the community, and one of the most expensive
Occupational Health & Safety costs for business and industry. By minimising
the occurrence of such incidents, potential injuries that can result in
personnel downtime and interruption to business as well as worker’s
compensation and general liability claims, can be reduced.
3M has also developed a range of companion products to support the new
floor coating, including edge sealer, applicator tool, Doodlebug brush and
floor pad brush.
Safety-Walk anti-slip peelable coating 3500 won the INCLEAN
Innovation Award (Janitorial category) at AUSCLEAN 2014, capturing the
attention of the Australasian commercial cleaning industry.