Hello my name is Ben, Team leader at Oltco Ltd, Newquay. The purpose of this blog is to give a little insight into the procedures carried out by Oltco from the point of view of an installer. Hopefully this will give more detailed information on the work we carry out. My role within Oltco is to supervise other members of our team, trouble shoot and deal with any on site issues. I also carry out risk assessments and look for any potential hazards in the work area.
On Thursday 16th October myself and a team of two, undertook 1080m2 of non slip etching floor treatment at Merrywalks shopping centre in Stroud.
The entire precinct has terrazzo flooring, which commonly can become slippery, especially when wet. To ensure public safety the client requested that we treat the centre as part of their ongoing anti slip safety plan. This ongoing plan is something that is discussed with their Oltco account manager.
We arrived at 8pm after the centre had closed, this ensured the least disruption to businesses and shoppers as specified by the client. After liaising with the night security guard and being handed the keys we unloaded the van and I then decided on the best course of action for the large area. I decided to split the area into 8 manageable sections and estimated that it would take 30 minutes to carry out the non slip treatment in each area.
The product that we used is our own brand anti slip floor treatment called Etchgrip, it is a highly effective treatment that will not flake or wear off and will ensure public safety even when the surface is wet. Before commencing work I carry out a risk assessment of the work area, this can include any trip hazards, low lit areas, fire doors and checking that any electrical equipment is safe to use. The safety of my team and anyone else on site is a top priority. Ensuring we have the correct PPE, boots, gloves, masks and goggles is also an important part of my job. We then commence with the job.
The process of the treatment is first to apply the Etchgrip anti slip floor treatment evenly with spray backpacks, a second person will be padding to create the microscopic resistance on the floor. This is very effective and normally makes no visual difference to the floor. After this the area is sprayed with neutraliser to ensure safe removal of the liquid with a wet vac. The floor is then ready to walk on, no curing time is needed.
This process is carried out in each of the 8 areas and four hours later the job is complete with the satisfaction of knowing the risk of injury caused by slipping has been significantly reduced, saving our client the cost of litigation and lowering the cost of future insurance premiums. To ensure the anti slip floor treatment has worked we carry out a slip test before and after applying the anti slip treatment using the Munro pendulum slip tester. This is the same slip tester used by the HSE and it gives customers confidence to know that their treated floor falls within the recommended guidelines for low risk floor surfaces as set out by the HSE.
Upon completion, all areas are surveyed by myself. This ensures that a clean application has taken place and that all areas have been left tidy, presentable and most importantly non slip.