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Removable Anti-Slip Devices

Viimati uuendatud: 15.10.2019


Removable Anti-Slip Devices

Falling on the same level is one of the most frequent causes for accidents (about a quarter of occupational accidents) and nearly one in three occupational accidents caused by slipping or stumbling results in a severe health damage – in most cases, a broken bone.

The most common cause for slipping indoors is a wet floor – and outdoors, slippery winter conditions. Activities that could cause falling indoors are washing the floors while other employees might walk in the area. Washing the floor is not as dangerous to the person washing it as it is to other people present. The person who washes the floor is aware of the slipperiness and knows to be cautious, but someone who unknowingly steps on the wet floor might slip and fall.

The other most frequent occupational accident is caused by slipping outside during winter.

Finding equipment or solutions to prevent slipping is often quite complicated, if not impossible. Thus, a solution must be found by using personal protective equipment. Unfortunately, finding suitable anti-slip footwear is rather difficult as shops offer a wide selection of different anti-slip footwear. The product description often contains phrases like “improves the grip” or “anti-slip”, but lacks explanation in which circumstances the specific shoe does not slip.

Choosing Anti-Slip Personal Protective Equipment

First, it must be specified what are the circumstances where the anti-slip properties must be improved. Do the surroundings involve ice and snow, or is the surface greasy, oily or slippery for some other reason.

Some universally anti-slip footwear is not suitable for certain conditions. For example, shoes meant for wet surface may not be the right choice for oily surfaces. Spikes that are perfect for outdoor snow and ice could facilitate slipping indoors, on smooth and hard floor surface.

The sole pattern is an important anti-slip factor, but there is no universal solution. Robust and deep pattern has a good grip outdoors, on a muddy or snowy ground, but will not suit indoors, on wet or chemically soiled surfaces. In the latter case, the best choice is a soft sole material and fine pattern. It is important to remember that sole pattern wear could considerably change the anti-slip qualities.

“Oil proof” does not equal “anti-slip”. The first marks that oil does not damage the soles; the second that soles have anti-slip properties in certain conditions. Additional substances are added to the sole material which, when in contact with one or another substance, guarantee the anti-slip properties.

The anti-slip of work footwear is tested according to the standard EN ISO 20344:2004. Footwear that have passed the anti-slip test are coded SRA, SRB or SRC. Pay attention to these abbreviations when choosing the appropriate footwear.

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The codes indicate that the footwear has met the specified requirements when tested as follows:

•SRA – tested on ceramic tile wetted with dilute soap solution,

•SRB – tested on smooth steel with glycerol,

•SRC – tested under both of the above conditions.

If analysing the job and circumstances shows that the employee must use protective footwear with anti-slip soles that are right for the specific conditions (for example, the floors are frequently washed and disinfected), then buy footwear bearing the required classification (e.g. class SRA). But if it turns out that the employee must also move outside, where it is slippery in winter, consider purchasing removable anti-slip stick-on soles.

Libisemisvastased_isikukaitsevahendid.jpgTo avoid slipping on snow and ice, the most common option is to use ice cleats on regular footwear. Some models of ice cleats attach around the entire sole and some only around toe and heel. All models are relatively comfortable to use and when removing the ice cleats indoors, they do not require much storage space. Ice cleats come with either aluminium or steel spikes. The first ones are almost 4 times cheaper, but also last much less.

If the company employees and visitors must walk in circumstances (indoors) where anti-skid protection footwear is necessary only occasionally, the so-called half overshoes come in handy. They are fixed under the sole of the regular shoe and provide slipping and toe protection. Similar overshoes are also useful when the company has many visitors who must be allowed into the slippery surroundings, but, for different reasons, it is not possible to purchase, maintain and store a great amount of anti-slip footwear of different sizes.

Use

Like in the case of all other personal protective equipment, also the removable anti-slip gear need maintenance and regular cleaning. Prior to use, check that the ice cleats’ spikes are long enough and unharmed, and that fixing belts do not have any cracks and tears. The user must be convinced that anti-slip gear fixes securely onto worn footwear.

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