Safety for transport

Safety on the move

Lots of people use public transport and it's important to make sure that when they do, they stay as safe as possible. And this includes flooring, which should be slip resistant. Altro help transport providers keep their passengers safe with durable flooring that's also easy to clean flooring.

Altro safety flooring exceeds the TRRL Pendulum Test ≥36 rating for shod areasThe importance of slip resistance in transport

Why slip-resistant flooring is so important in public transport

Flooring for buses and trains needs to be durable and easy to clean. It should also be slip resistant too.

90% of slip accidents happen on wet floors, usually on relatively smooth surfaces like those often seen inside buses and trains. Wet weather and spills can make transport flooring treacherous for staff and passengers – especially vulnerable groups like the elderly, who could experience serious repercussions from a fall.

Duty of care

By installing a safety floor with a high level of slip resistance, bus and train operators can provide a safe environment for passengers and staff, and potentially reduce the likelihood of a successful claim against them should the worst happen.

The advantages of Altro safety flooring over alternatives

Different flooring types provide different levels of slip resistance. And although smooth and rubber flooring are popular choices for transport, they're not slip resistant when wet.

Altro safety flooring provides excellent slip resistance when it's a wet and, crucially for public transport, when there are surface contaminants like spilled food or drink. It exceeds the TRRL Pendulum Test ≥36 rating for shod areas, indicating the lowest potential for slip.

The 'pendulum' is a swinging dummy heel (a slider made of a standardised rubber soling material) which sweeps in a controlled manner over a set area of flooring, simulating slipping on a wet floor. The friction and slipperiness of the flooring has a direct and measurable effect on the pendulum value. Flooring that achieves a wet result of ≥36 on the Pendulum test – like Altro's safety flooring – has a low slip potential.

Factors affecting slip potentialDurability and ease of cleaning

Long lasting and easy to clean

Altro safety flooring offers the benefit of slip resistance without compromising on other important features for transport, including durability and ease of cleaning.

Durability

Altro safety flooring is highly impact-resistant, which makes it very durable. Our generous, industry-leading warranties prove our confidence in the longevity of our safety flooring,

Ease of cleaning

Developed exclusively by Altro and integral to our safety flooring, Altro Technology makes it easier to keep our safety flooring hygienic. Tests prove unrivalled low dirt pick-up in our Altro Easyclean Maxis PUR Technology option along with resistance to most staining and chemicals, ensuring long-term cleanability.

In fact, we're so confident in the long-term hygienic performance of our PUR Technology that we back it with a no-quibble Lifetime Pledge that our customers will be delighted with the level of performance for the expected lifetime of the product.

Special techniques aren't needed to clean Altro safety flooring – it's simply a matter of following basic procedures on a regular basis.