Anti-slip, how does it work?

14 May 2020

Anti-slip, how does it work?

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For safety reasons, mainly, there are situations or applications which require a slip proof surfacing. 

There are several categories of slip proof surfacing which meet requirements based on various criteria.

Whether for a printed adhesive for floor marking in a railway station concourse or a beaten earth effect flooring for the sneakers department in a sport retailing shop, the media, printed or not, intended for places open to the public must meet certain guarantees in terms of security. In case of accident, the premises can be held responsible if it has committed a fault. It can be the case, for instance, if the aisles of a store were congested or slippery. It is difficult to prove the fault, that’s why the legislation introduces a more protective law for the consumer. In that case, the brand would not take long to sue the supplier in order to claim for damages, if not more.

The DIN 51130 standards classify the premises accessible to walking customers according to the characteristics linked to the risk of falling by slipping. These classifications are carried out on a case-by-case basis, whether accessible to people wearing shoes or people walking barefoot. It concerns the premises of the tertiary industry, accessible to the public, of for strictly industrial use.

To calculate the grip, a tester walks forth and back on a reclining platform, then this platform is gradually tilted until the slope leads to sliding. By doing so, we can classify the floor surfacing according to the R classification of which you will find the main data below:


DIN 51130 Classification

Limit angle for adhesion

Example of use


Between 6° and 10°: normal grip

Covered terrace, dining room, living room, etc.


Between 10° and 20°: medium grip

Sheltered terrace, bathroom, entrance, etc


Between 20° and 27°: medium + grip

Exposed terrace or near to a water point (pool, etc.)


Between 27° and 35°: high grip

Professional use


Greater than or equal to 35°: high + grip 

Professional use


What solutions may be implemented?

There are available solutions designed for each case, whether with plasticizing films or varnishes.

Laminating films (with or without PVC) generally offer R10 or R11 ratings. The advantage is that they can be applied on most of the printed or non-printed supports in order to turn a simple adhesive into a standardized non-slip support offering all the characteristics required for pedestrians’ safety. This solution will be preferred for small to medium quantities and outdoor uses.

The anti-slip UV varnish suits the requirements of R9 standards, ideal for all indoor locations such as hospitals, station halls, airports, big stores, etc. This solution will be ideal for medium and large quantities. It is applied in the same way as a conventional UV varnish (technical sheet on request), whatever the support, flexible or rigid (vinyl, PVC flooring, tarpaulin, laminated supports, etc.)

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