Who’s responsible for common area tiles and slip testing? - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views
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Part of the responsibility of the body corporate is to ensure the safety of the occupants and visitors to the common property of the scheme.

With the risk of injury and possible cost to the body corporate in the event of a slip and fall incident, many committees are choosing to play it safe by relying on an independent expert in slip testing to ensure they know how their site sits within the Australian standards and building code.

Undertaking inexpensive floor slip resistance testing is done on-site and will ensure that your body corporate meets the current Australian Standards AS4586 and AS4663.

Sliptest Australia is just one of the companies that carry out these tests (www.sliptest.com.au).

When the report comes back and your tiles/flooring are compliant within these standards, that’s a relief for the body corporate. But what happens when the report comes back and it does not meet the standards?

There are tile treatments that can be applied to the tiles. Anti Slip Floor Safety is one company that provides a treatment which is a penetrant and not a coating so it lasts the life of the floor surface (www.antislip.com.au).

Slipgard is also a DIY application that when applied, creates a microscopic pattern that channels and disperses water from under foot, allowing contact to be made with the surface at all times (www.slipgard.com.au).

So how can you avoid choosing the wrong tiles when renovating or upgrading to begin with?

Did you know there is a universal anti-slip rating for outdoor tiles? Tile Factory Outlet have written a great article on what to consider when looking for outdoor tiles and how to avoid realising a mistake in tile selection has been made after someone has been injured. Read more here at https://www.tfo.com.au/outdoor-tiles/non-slip-floor-tiles.