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    National safe work month - Slips, trips and falls.

    October 30, 2018








    National safe work month - Slips, trips and falls.


    Take a safety moment in your workplace this October

    While a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm.

    This year, during National Safe Work Month, commit to taking a safety moment every day in your workplace. This could be as simple as spending five minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks in your workplace, and how to prevent harm.


    During National Safe Work Month learn more about slips, trips and falls, a moment is all it takes.

    Did you know that each year slips, trips and falls result in thousands of preventable injuries in the workplace? In 2015 -2016 they accounted for 23% of serious claims of injury or disease and lost time of 6.2 working weeks*. The most common are musculoskeletal injuries, cuts, bruises, fractures and dislocations, but more serious injuries can also occur.

    Slips, trips and falls can happen in any workplace. A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must manage health and safety risks associated with slips, trips and falls by eliminating the risk so far as is reasonably practicable. If that is not possible, you must minimise risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

    Are you aware of slip, trip and fall risks and hazards in your workplace or work area? Have these hazards and risks been assessed and corrective actions put in place? During National Safe Work Month why not take a safety moment and find out what causes a slip, trip or fall hazard in your workplace, and what you can do to stop these incidents occurring.

    *Safe Work Australia: Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2015-16.



    The Science of Walking Safely...a science dedicated to helping you reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.

    When it comes to preventing slips, trips and falls, 3M™ Safety-Walk™ Slip-Resistant Tapes and Treads stand tall as an effective solution to minimise the occurrence of these incidents. These mineral and non-mineral coated products are offered in a range of sizes, colours and textures, all designed to help you avoid injuries in the home or workplace.

    Use the information below as a guide to find the right Slip-Resistant Tapes and Treads for your application. If in doubt reach out to a 3M Facility Safety Specialist for assistance.


    200 Series


    Type: Fine Resilient

    Slip Rating: P3

    Ideal For: Wet, barefoot traffic areas

    Typical Applications:

    • Showers
    • Bath tubs
    • Surfboards
    • Around hot tubs and pools

    300 Series


    Type: Medium Resilient

    Slip Rating: P2

    Ideal For: Barefoot or light shoe traffic areas

    Typical Applications:

    • Marine
    • Conveyors
    • Boats/Jet skis
    • Diving boards
    • Exercise equipment

    500 Series


    Type: Conformable

    Slip Rating: P5

    Ideal For: Irregular or contoured surfaces

    Typical Applications:

    • Cranes, forklifts or other construction
    • General vehicles
    • Conveyors
    • Riveted/diamond plated equipment
    • Stairs, ladders
    • Ramps, platforms, loading ramps

    600 Series


    Type: General Purpose

    Slip Rating: P5

    Ideal For: Light to heavy shoe traffic

    Typical Applications:

    • Cranes, forklifts or other construction
    • General vehicles
    • Stairs, ramps, ladders, entrances.
    • Lawn equipment
    • Snowmobiles and scooters

    700 Series


    Type: Coarse

    Slip Rating: P5

    Ideal For: Muddy, oily, or other extreme conditions

    Typical Applications:

    • Agriculture/Farm/Forestry equip.
    • Military (marine, vehicles)
    • Construction equip.
    • General vehicles
    • Livestock/Horse trailers
    • Public transportation (aircraft/rail/buses)
    • Shipping vehicles (semi-trailers, auto carriers,
    • Ship/Plane decks and barges

    Slip Resistance Ratings


    AS 4586-2013 is the Australian Standard which provides slip resistance ratings for new pedestrian floor surface materials.

    The slip resistance classifications are determined based on an assessment of the relative contribution of a pedestrian surface to the overall risk of slipping. This results in the specification of a minimum slip resistance category for a surface material suitable for most pedestrian applications.

    Featured Products & Programs

    Anti-Slip Tapes & Films

    A full range of functional, slip-resistant tapes and films in mineral coated and textured vinyl formats suitable for industrial or residential applications in dry, wet or oily conditions. All products have been tested to Australian Standard AS4586-2013.

    Floor Mats

    3M offers a complete line of entrance matting that effectively protects building entrances from dirt/dust and other contaminants, wet area matting to address slip and fall issues and anti-fatigue matting to provide comfort and reduce worker fatigue.

    Floor Protectors

    3M™ Scotchgard™ Floor Protectors offer a unique solution for facilities looking to enhance their floor presentation while maximising efficiencies in their cleaning practices, increasing durability in heavy traffic areas, maintaining required floor slip ratings and minimising environmental impact.

    Get a Grip on Safety Promotion

    Minimise slips, trips and falls in your workplace during National Safe Work Month, it could be as simple as implementing floor-level safety measures. The installation of 3M™ Safety Walk™ Tapes, Treads & Films improve floor traction and provide a safe surface to walk on.

    For a limited time save over 40% on 3M’s Safety-Walk™ Slip-Resistance General Purpose 600 series Tape*. All 3M™ Safety Walk™ Tapes, Treads & Films have been tested to AS4586-2013 and come with certification to address Building Code of Australia requirements.

    Contact us for more information on how to take up our special offer or to find out more about the full range of Safety-Walk products.

    *Offer expires 30th November 2018 or until promotional stocks last.


    Contact a 3M Facility Safety Specialist for more information.