Drytac helps ensure floor graphics are safe and legal in public spaces

Drytac has released four dedicated guides to cover the essential aspects of floor graphic projects – such as safety obligations and insurance – in retail, construction and housing, stadiums, and schools and universities respectively.

The use of floor graphics accelerated at an unprecedented rate in 2020, owing to the need for social distancing and directional signage that can be easily observed.

The new guides provide a general overview of floor media, including locations and surfaces, types of graphic solutions and relevant Drytac products. An FAQ section explains slip ratings and certifications and the tests to achieve them, with advice on how to maintain graphics to avoid slips and trips. It also covers the legal responsibilities of the supplier, installer and customer.

These legal responsibilities are based on testing and retesting of all Drytac products. Every batch undergoes in-house QC testing to ensure it achieves the British Standard BS 7976-2/ European Standard EN 13036-4/ North American Standard ASTM-E303 for slip resistance. Research has confirmed that this test and its result, called a Pendulum Test Value (PTV/BPN), is the most reliable and accurate method for evaluating slip resistance. The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) along with its global counterparts and many insurance companies have adopted this as the standard test method for assessing slip resistance.

Shaun Holdom, global product manager, Drytac, said: “At Drytac, safety is our priority. Slip ratings are not based on a one-off test sample done in a lab years ago, but on the results of the strictest assessment available, on every single batch.

“We offer the correct ratings and insurance-backed warranties to make life easier for our customers, providing peace of mind that every Drytac floor decal offers legal and financial protection. In short, Drytac products keep you safe.”

Drytac’s comprehensive range of specialist floor graphics media includes Polar Grip with Interlam Pro Emerytex for smooth outdoor floors, Polar Street FX for rough outdoor surfaces, SpotOn Floor 200, FloorTac Textures and Polar Floor PET 170 for indoor public spaces and many other innovative solutions.

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