warning for where there is no anti slip coating

Reducing the chance of slips and trips with anti slip coating

Slips and trips are a serious problem, both at home and in the workplace. In South Africa, slips and trips account for a great number of all workplace injuries, and most accidents involve slips. If you are an employer, you have duty of care to provide a safe workplace for your employees, and are liable if you neglect it. Fortunately there is a simple remedy: an anti slip coating or non slip paint is easily applied and effective in preventing slip-caused injuries.

Stairs are the leading cause of slipping, but any floor that is wet or dirty becomes a heightened risk. Surfaces such as handrails, door handles, and tool grips can also benefit from a non slip paint. Here we will provide you with all the information you need to determine which anti slip coating solution is right for your project, and help you find the anti slip product you need.

How to choose the best anti slip coating for your application

How you choose your non slip coating depends upon a number of factors. Non slip paints are numerous, and many are intended for specific substrates or end uses. When choosing your paint therefore, it is paramount that you keep in mind:

  • Your substrate’s environment: Is there a risk of chemical exposure, abrasion, UV radiation?
  • The intended end use: Will it need to withstand mechanical loads and heavy impacts, or is it for foot traffic? Is it in a setting where health and cleanliness is a concern?
  • Your substrate type: metal, concrete, wood, plastic, etc.

Once you know exactly what you need from your coating, you need to understand the demands of each coating type. Non slip coating comes in three different types: as a separate paint and non slip additive which need to be combined, a premixed coating, and as a nano coating.

1. Any paint mixed with a non slip additive

anti slip coating on cargo ship deck

The roughest anti slip coating products are needed in marine and offshore environments.

What it is:
 Anti slip properties are given to a coating by adding an aggregate such as sand, glass beads, rubber crumb, and others. The aggregate provides a rough surface which prevents slipping. Aggregate can be mixed through a coating before application, or sprinkled over a still wet first coat. If the second, it should be allowed to dry before having excess aggregate brushed away and a second coat applied on top. The aggregate comes in three grades: fine, medium, and coarse, in order of increasing anti slip strength.

Recommended for:
Heavy industrial-use flooring to kitchen floors, aggregate is a flexible material. However, which aggregate you choose will affect which coating you can use: glass beads and synthetic aggregate can be combined with acrylic coatings as well as resin coatings (epoxy, urethane, polyaspartic and polyurea), whereas silica sand, aluminium oxide, coloured quartz and flint silica aggregates can only be used with resin coatings. However, adding your own aggregate gives you control over the result.

Appropriate substrates: All, just choose your coating and aggregate pairing carefully.

2. Premixed non slip solutions

What it is:
The simplest of the non slip coatings, these products come with aggregate pre-mixed, either as a two- or single-component rubberised paint systems, or create a rough textured surface as the coating dries. These coatings are durable, water and oil resistant, and come in epoxy, polyurethane varieties. They are often divided into categories based on specific need; Offshore (corrosion resistant non slip paint for metal surfaces), Industrial (chemical and abrasion resistant coatings) and Commercial (aesthetically appealing non slip coatings).

Recommended for:
Interior and exterior floors, walkways, decks, patios, mild industrial and commercial environments with up to heavy pedestrian foot traffic and light rubber wheeled cart traffic. Hospitals, kitchens, change rooms, schools, anywhere that requires a non slip floor paint.

Appropriate substrates: There are specific products for specific substrates; this option is suitable for all substrates, but you need to choose the appropriate coating. For a breakdown of anti slip coatings by substrate, visit our anti slip pages for concrete, wood, and metal.

3. Innovative nano solutions to create non slip surfaces

What it is:
A non slip coating based on nanotechnology uses the numerous benefits of nano coatings and adds one more by making them non slip, too. A relatively new process, the anti slip coating with nanotechnology provides a textured surface on a scale so small it is virtually unnoticeable, but which actually becomes even more non slip when it is wet. These coatings are also durable, waterproof, abrasion resistant, long-lasting, low-maintenance, and non-toxic.

Recommended for:
Applications which require a clear, glossy finish and very thin coating profile. Nano anti slip coatings can be used for interior and exterior applications including entryways and ramps, in food preparation areas, in wet-prone areas like spas, swimming pools, and leisure centres.

Appropriate substrates: All.

A small selection of anti slip coating specialists in South Africa

Anti slip floor paint is available from suppliers across South Africa. Below is a table outlining some of the non slip coating specialists in the market. If you would like any more information about non slip floor paint for your project, our experts are here to help. Get in contact through the “Request a quote” button at the bottom of the article and use our 100% free service.

Anti slip coating companyAddressSpecialty
Pro PaintBroadway Business Park, Athena Avenue Somerset West , Cape Town, 7130Anti slip coating supply, and application
Johnson Antislip193 Jules Street, Belgravia, Johannesburg, 2094Anti slip coating supply
Slip No More30 Lanseria Business Park, Lanseria Corporate Estate, Lanseria, GautengAnti slip coating manufacture
2 replies
  1. Doug Russell
    Doug Russell says:

    Hi Im looking for some advise on obtaining the correct information to cover two out door areas ( alot of rain)
    1) Yellow and black paint ( no parking) over a corrugated concrete area
    2)And a anti – slip paint to cover the remaining corrugated concrete ramp

    Can send pics if required



    • Coating Specialist
      Coating Specialist says:

      Dear Doug,

      For outdoor areas that are exposed to a lot of weather, we would recommend an epoxy or polyurethane paint because they are water resistant. They are available in a range of colours, and some have reflective properties if necessary. Both of these coatings can also have anti slip aggregate included to make them a non slip coating. If you have any more questions we are happy to advise you further – please use our Request a Quote contact form and get in touch.

      Best regards,
      Rhiannon – Coating.co.za


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.