March 2018

Don't slip up in wet environments

We have been specialists in safety flooring and hygienic wall sheet systems for wet environments for more than 30 years. Our solutions have been developed to help prevent slips in areas where people are often at their most vulnerable, but also help promote hygiene, minimising opportunities for bacteria growth and improving cleanability.

Wet environments are not just about water; it’s also what we use in those areas, including shower gel and shampoo. The slip risks that these contaminants create are potentially dangerous and could cause serious accidents. Slips and falls aren’t the only consideration in wet environments. Indoor humidity and poor cleaning can lead to build-ups of bacteria and mould, which can impact health as well as the appearance of the rooms.

Preventing slips where it matters: our test results

We believe standard industry test values don’t always provide clarity of slip potential and that the categories of values are too broad, which is why we combine them. We also test using different contaminants so that we can be sure our flooring does what it should. Our flooring for wet environments is tested with what you will actually find there: shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Altro Aquarius and Altro Pisces still have a PTV of ≥36 against all these contaminants and the risk of slipping is just one in a million.

The Pendulum Test (BS 7976)

The ‘pendulum’ is a swinging, dummy heel that sweeps over a set area of flooring in a controlled manner to simulate slipping on a wet floor. The slipperiness of the flooring has a direct and measurable effect on the pendulum value. Flooring that achieves a wet result of Pendulum Test Value ≥36 has a low slip potential.

The Ramp Test (DIN 51130)

The Ramp Test is widely used. R9-R13 values are based on angle measurements of a motor oil-covered ramp that an operator walks on. The angle at which the operator slips forms the R value, but because the most common contaminant on floors is water, using motor oil doesn’t give a true representation of what happens in real life situations. The barefoot version of the test (DIN 51097), where the ramp is covered in water, rates flooring A, B or C. Altro Aquarius and Altro Pisces are rated class B.

The test results prove:

 

  • Altro specialist flooring for wet environments can protect users from slips, even with a range of contaminants

  • It’s important to choose flooring to cater for contaminants and the type of traffic that will use it i.e. shoes and/or bare feet

  • Altro safety flooring for wet environments delivers a lifetime slip resistance of up to one in a million. By reducing the chance of slips and falls, you can reduce insurance claims.

Posted: 28/02/2018 14:57:10 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments

Your guide to wall protection

A grey shade of Altro Fortis Titanium in a school corridor
For non-clinical, busy public and service areas, we recommend Altro Fortis, our protection system for walls, doors and corners.

In public areas where feet, bags, equipment and wheels are a constant, maintenance can be ongoing and costly, and cleaning difficult. Altro Fortis is a system that offers seriously tough, 2.5mm thick protection. It is perfect for busy areas where appearances matter.

Altro Fortis is ideal for corridors, classrooms and circulation areas. It’s the perfect partner for Altro safety floors when heavy traffic means spillages, or rain and mud are trekked in from outside. You can also combine it with our range of smooth floors in internal corridors and rooms where the risk of a slip is low but wheeled traffic and carried items cause wall damage.

WallsA grey shade of Altro Fortis Titanium in a school locker area.

To protect the main part of the wall, choose Altro Fortis Titanium. Specifically designed for busy public areas such as circulation areas, corridors and classrooms, this lightly textured wall protection sheet prevents the wall beneath from being knocked or scraped. Altro Fortis Titanium is impervious, easy to clean and comes in colours to blend in, or make a statement. Available in ten shades, the colour runs throughout the sheet, retaining the look and disguising scuffs. Shades include White, Denim and Cardinal red, giving you a choice to blend in or make a statement, depending on the application area and overall design.

CornersAltro Fortis Corner Protection in a school corridor

As it’s not just the walls that are given a hard time, we have Altro Fortis corner protection. As well as giving an attractive finish to your installation, it prevents damage to one of the most at-risk parts of a wall. If this isn’t right for you, there is the option for you to thermoform the Altro Fortis Titanium cut sheet.

Doors

Altro Fortis doorsets are perfect for public areas where doors are constantly in use. Fully-clad and custom-made, these doorsets are faced with the Altro Fortis Titanium wall sheet on both sides and all edges to offer optimum protection.

Most impact damage to a door will happen at the points where trollies, feet and hands come into contact with it. You can protect these vulnerable areas with Altro Fortis door protection panels. There is the option to cut our standard sheets to suit the area you want to protect, to make, for example, pushplates and kickplates. To make things as easy as possible, we also offer a cutting service.

Altro Whiterock hygienic walls system

For areas where hygiene is a priority, we have the Altro Whiterock walls system, plus Altro Whiterock doorsets. They can be used alongside the Altro Fortis system, allowing you to create the same look when moving between hygienic and general areas.

Posted: 19/03/2018 08:00:00 by Heather Mussett | with 0 comments