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Retirement village hydrotherapy pool gets floor safety overhaul

Supplier: Global Safe Technologies By: Tibor Bode
07 January, 2012

The slip resistance of the hydrotherapy pool area of an Anglican retirement village got management concerned.

The pool surrounds were resurfaced less than a year ago. Unfortunately, the new surface slip's resistive quality did not live up to expectations.

Global Safe Technologies Australia became involved with the project when an independent slip resistance testing of the surface by Safe Environments had failed during the second part of year.

A Global Safe representative attended the site, and after inspection, provided management with a comprehensive report regarding the current floor's safety status and the requirements of the relevant Australian Slip Resistance standards. Global Safe then proposed a sustainable, environmentally friendly solution for the retirement village.
 
The Supa Safe product speckle coated version was proposed by Global Safe due to its proven and very high sustainable slip resistance in a swimming pool environment. The Supa Safe product has gone through extensive testing using the accelerated wear testing method. Test results have shown the product has a very high and sustainable slip resistive quality, and was very likely to provide a long term solution for the hydrotherapy pool.
 
At another facility, a recent test of an 18 month old swim pool surrounds had shown that the very high slip resistive quality of the original surface had been retained. To alleviate any concern regarding how well the surface would retain its slip resistance, Global also offered the client its unique independent slip testing that includes having the product tested immediately after the resurfacing application, as well as in 6 months after the installation, and again in 12 months' time.
 
As negotiations with the original supplier did not come to a satisfactory conclusion, management decided to go ahead with the Global Safe proposal - having the pool ready before Christmas. A team of accredited installers carried out the work and completed the work within the two days as planned, ensuring that only minimal inconvenience was caused to the residents of the village.
 
The new surface was then independently tested by a NATA accredited slip resistance company. The test results met expectations and showed that the new anti slip flooring had a very low notional contribution of the floor surface to the risk of slipping when wet.
 
Global Safe and its accredited applicators are unique in the market, offering an independent slip resistance testing as part of of any commercial project.

This test is very important to our clients for two reasons:

  1. It provides an independent quality assurance that the anti slip work completed is compliant with the relevant slip resistance standards.
  2. It provides the necessary documentation for the client in case of an unlikely event of a slip and fall happening on the surface. 

The retirement village and the hydrotherapy pool management as well as the residents have been very satisfied with the outcome of the product installation. They communicated their total satisfaction with the quality of the workmanship, together with the professionalism and dedication of the application team during the entire project. 
 
Global Safe has also offered its industry unique surface safety Risk Management Program as part of the solution, at no additional cost, which the retirement village has taken up. This program includes regular inspections and reporting of the surface condition for commercial clients.