Prison kitchen safety issue solved by anti-slip strips

Supplier: Global Safe Technologies
04 February, 2011

Mountain Institution is a medium-security facility located in the upper Fraser Valley near the community of Agassiz in British Columbia, approximately 140 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Mountain Institution shares the penitentiary compound with Kent Institution. Mountain opened in 1962 and incarcerates about 300 offenders.

The penitentiary regular safety review raised concerns about the safety of the floors in the kitchen. The existing anti slip tiles did not provide adequate safety to sufficiently prevent slip and fall incidents and ensure the safety of the working inmates.  Management also was looking for a more permanent solution, which provides the required non-slip surface in the kitchen environment.

They contacted Tile Safe Products, to provide them with a sustainable, environmentally friendly solution for this issue. 

Tile Safe had proposed that the tiles be removed and the drainage problem solved without installing new tiles to reduce cost and other challanges, then the Safe Grip Ultimate non-slip strips to be applied over the new concrete work areas to mitigate the risk. The Safe Grip product was suggested, due to the products outstanding and sustainable slip resistive qualities and suitability to the environment. 

Due to the environment, the black colour was chosen to be used for the anti slip strips. As the existing tiles were broken, chipped and cracked, a complete resurfacing option was considered. Once the new concrete was in place, the Safe Grip Ultimate strips were installed over this surface. 

The project was completed on agreed time and budget and management is very satisfied with the results. They have already indicated that further work is going to take place in the near future in other areas of the correctional facility.

Over the years, the Safe Grip product has proven itself in hundreds of challenging situations and the independent laboratory tests have shown that it has not only achieved the highest slip resistance rating (British Pendulum Class V / C.O.F. 0.98), but it has also retained it over an extended period of time. This means that the floor surface contribution to the risk of slipping when wet will be Very Low not only at installation time but also for the years to come.

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