Safety

Injury and musculoskeletal disorders from slips and trips in the workplace led to 90% of serious claims in 2014–15, with the most common traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries (almost 45%)- Safe Work Australia

While the types of outlets vary, the obligation to provide a safe, hygienic environment is the same. Preventing slips amongst both staff and customers is something we know a lot about. Our safety floors do this every day. Whether you need a specialist safety floor that can protect staff from slipping, even with oil and grease or an attractive floor that prevents customers slipping without them even realising, we can help.

As you know, a busy kitchen, rushing staff and a variety of foodstuffs is the ideal recipe for an accident. For areas where food is prepared or cooked, we recommend Altro Stronghold 30. This specialist safety floor has our highest rating for slip resistance (PTV ≥55, R12). It was developed and tested to ensure it reduces the risk of a slip to one in a million with contaminants including grease, fat, cooking oil, flour, milk and food particles. For more information on our tests, visit our commercial kitchen section.

For serveries and seating areas, we have a range of great-looking solutions, including Altro Wood Safety, that can cope with occasional spillages. For low-risk areas, we have a large selection of decorative options.

To make sure that you have the right floor for the right area, we always recommend carrying out a risk assessment. This should cover the potential slip risk from different types of contaminants. Don't forget, we're always here to help you with this. You can also find further information about different floor types and slip risks here.

Safety isn’t just about preventing slips. We understand that food safety management is a priority in food preparation and storage areas. Altro Stronghold 30 and Altro Whiterock are HACCP-approved meaning installing them reduces food safety hazard. In fact, Richard Mallett, European Director of HACCP International has pointed out that they are seamless, impervious and easy-to-clean, making them suitable for food preparation areas. 

“The white tiles were difficult to keep clean and they were too slippery to walk on, particularly in the stores that were located outside, rather than in a mall. It became a huge problem when people came in with wet shoes; the floor quickly became dirty, plus water and dirt on the tiles posed a safety risk for both customers and staff because the floor was slippery.

Jan Michelsen, Co-Founder of My Fro Yo Cup, Denmark, on the decision to install Altro Walkway 20.