Use an Anti-Skid Coating to Make Sure Your Employees Are Safe

When your factory has metal flooring, you want to make sure that your employees are safe. Metal flooring can become dangerous and slippery if your employees aren't careful. You want to do everything you can to lessen their risk of falling and to make sure that they are safe. One way you can do that is to work with a commercial painter and have them put certain coatings on your floors. 

Anti-Skid Coating

Anti-skid coatings don't just work as a paint or a coating. There needs to be some kind of additive put in the paint or the coating so that it can keep people from falling. The additives are there to give the paint or the coating some texture. It's that texture that will keep people from slipping. Generally, the additive is some kind of grit, like ground-up walnut shells, industrial grit, plastic abrasives, or aluminum oxide. The grit doesn't have to be large; it just has to be enough to give the coating or paint some kind of "grab" to it. That grab is what gives your employees will use for traction as they walk along, as will any forklifts or other industrial vehicles that may also be part of your factory. 


The application of anti-skid coatings or paints is generally a multi-step process. There are several reasons for this. One is that the grit can clog up nozzles of paint sprayers. The grit can also mean that the coating won't go on as smoothly as it should, and this can mean that it won't last as long as it should. Generally, the way application works is that the paint or coating is laid down. Before it dries, the grit is applied. This needs to be done before the bottom coat dries so that the grit will stick and stay where it belongs. After the grit has been applied and the bottom coat has been dried, a top coat will be applied. That coat is a protectant. It keeps the grit where it is and helps everything stay in one place. It also makes sure that you won't have to apply the coating too often. Since the grit already creates an uneven surface, the coating shouldn't even the surface out. 

Keeping your employees safe while they are at work is important. Safety means that your factory will be more productive and that your employees won't miss time because they were injured on the job. An anti-skid coating can provide additional safety. Talk to a company such as First Tier Commercial Coating to learn more.