Anti-slip plywood improves workplace safety

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Timber specialist Big River has debuted Anti-Slip Plywood, a new plywood product featuring a highly slip resistant coating designed to protect against injury on both indoor and outdoor workplace platforms, ramps, walkways and floors.

The Australian-made product was created to significantly improve the safety of both temporary and permanent flooring and ramps. It features a textured paint finish with crushed glass for maximum wear and slip resistance. The reverse side of the panel has a phenolic film for moisture protection in damp, wet and external areas.

The Anti-Slip Plywood has been tested for slip resistance in both wet and dry scenarios, and warranted the highest slip resistance classification. It was specifically designed for use in construction sites or building areas, permanent ramps and flooring in hospitality (kitchen) or age care facilities, hospitals and medical environments.

Project management and construction company Lend Lease is using Anti-Slip Plywood on the Barangaroo urban transformation project on the western edge of the Sydney CBD.

The product is also making a significant difference in the healthcare sector where Perth based manufacturer of safety products, Grafton General Products, has seen an enthusiastic uptake by their clients for both commercial and domestic applications.

Grafton General Products supplies wheelchair ramps and various home modification products to hospitals, the Department of Housing and the Department of Veteran Affairs, all where safety is paramount. Joe Galipo, Director, Grafton General Products says, “We are delighted to be one of the first to embrace this brand new product from Big River; it is far superior to anything else on the market, and we are not seeing any slippage even in wet conditions.”

WORK RELATED INJURY

According to a report released by Safe Work Australia injury and illness in Australia is responsible for an estimated AUD $60 billion a year in lost productivity, or just under 5% of Gross Domestic Production (GDP). Both small and big businesses are looking at new ways to reduce injuries and make the workplace a safer environment.

In the hospitality sector, namely kitchens and food preparation facilities, slips are the most common cause of injury and also the easiest to prevent according to WorkSafe Victoria. In the café and restaurant industry, floors with oil or water spills are the greatest cause of slip, trip and fall injuries. Anti-Slip Plywood is ideal for high-risk areas including cool rooms/freezers, dishwashing areas, cooking areas and doors leading to and from the kitchen where changes in floor surfaces occur.

ALTERNATIVES

Until now many sites that required anti slip surfaces in the work place have been relying on plywood materials that are only stress graded to F11 and F14, or paint coating finishes that offer non-slip properties when applied to walkways and floors. The lifespan of many paint applications can be limited before a reapplication process needs to occur that can potentially increase maintenance costs.

Manufactured locally in Grafton, New South Wales Anti-Slip Plywood has a high strength F17 structural plywood certification to Australian Standard AS2269 together with the maximum rating of P5 (V) classification in the slip resistance testing of pedestrian surfaces in wet conditions and D1 in dry conditions.

Anti-Slip Plywood is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses, as well as in custom-made size panels. It is available in three standard colours: safety yellow, black and grey. Based on volume, customised colours can also be specially created to compliment any décor and ensure that safety enhancements are seamlessly integrated into any unique interior environment. The product can also be scarf jointed if larger sheets are required.

More information: www.bigrivergroup.com.au

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