Slip resistance standard

Slips, trips and falls have become one of the main health and safety risks in our community and the most expensive occupational health and safety cost for business and industry.

Slip and fall prevention has become a national health priority area.  The Australian Government has many initiatives designed to reduce such injuries in the workplace, in residences and in public areas.

The potential for serious injury from slips, trips and falls cannot be overestimated. Such incidents have critical consequences and long-term effects. Workers’ compensation insurance covers only a small portion of the costs. It does not account for indirect costs, such as:

  • The time to process and manage the injury
  • Increased workloads for other staff to perform the injured person’s work
  • Loss of expertise and necessary skills and additional training for replacement staff
  • Decreased productivity
  • The human aspect of pain and suffering

85% of all slip and fall injuries can be prevented.

The Australian government stipulates that Australian businesses, as well as home-owners, must ensure that pedestrian surfaces meet certain standards of slip resistance. Failure to address floor safety issues leaves businesses and home-owners at risk of litigation and its impacts.


Item Work Rooms & Work Areas Classification Group of Slip Hazard Minimum Displacement Volume
0 General work rooms and work areas    
0.1 Entrance Areas R9  
0.2 Entrance Stairs R9  
0.3 Social Facilities (toilets, washrooms) R10  
1 Production of margarine, edible fats and oil    
1.1 Melting of fats R13 V6
1.2 Cooking oil refinery R13 V4
1.3 Margarine production and packaging R12  
1.4 Cooking oil production and filling of bottles R12  
2 Milk processing, cheese production    
2.1 Fresh milk processing and butter production R12  
2.2 Cheese production, storage and packaging R11  
2.3 Icecream production R12  
3 Chocolate and confectionary production    
3.1 Sugar processing R12  
3.2 Cocoa production R12  
3.3 Production of raw mixtures R11  
3.4 Production of chocolate bars, eggs and confectionary    
4 Bakery Products    
4.1 Dough preparation R11  
4.2 Rooms in which mainly greasy or liquid mixtures produced R12  
4.3 Washing-up rooms R12 V4
5 Slaugterhouse, meat processing    
5.1 Slaughterhouse R13 V10
5.2 Tripe processing R13 V10
5.3 Meat Sectioning R13 V8
5.4 Sausage Kitchen R13 V8
5.5 Boiled Sausage department R13 V8
5.6 Raw sausage department R12  
5.7 Smoking room R12  
5.8 Salting and curing room R12  
5.10 Poultry processing R12 V6
5.11 Intestine Storage R12  
5.12 Cold meat slicing and packaging departments R12  
6 Processing of fish, delicatessen products    
6.1 Fish processing R13 V10
6.2 Delicatessen production R13 V6
6.3 mayonnaise production R13 V6
7 Vegetable processing    
7.1 Production of sauerkraut R13 V6
7.2 Vegetable tinning R13 V6
7.3 Sterilising rooms R11  
7.4 Rooms in which vegetables are prepared for processing R12 V4
8 Other wet areas used for food and drink production    
8.1 Storage cellars R10  
8.2 Beverage bottling, fruit juice production R11  
9 Catering Establishments    
9.1 hotel and restaurant kitches    
9.1.1 Up tp 100 meals a day R12 V4
9.1.2 More than 100 meals a day R12 V4
9.2 Kichens catering for homes, schools and sanatoriums R11  
9.3 Kitchens catering for hospitals and clinics R12  
9.4 Large kitchens catering for indutrial and university canteens, contract catering R12 V4
9.5 Fast food kitchens, snack bars R12 V4
9.6 Kitchens for heating up frozen meals R10  
9.8 Washing-up rooms    
9.8.1 Washing-up rooms for 9.1, 9.4, 9.5 R12 V4
9.8.2 Washing-up rooms for 9.2 R11  
9.8.3 Washing-up rooms for 9.3 R12  
9.9 Dining rooms, guest rooms, canteens including serving counters R9  
10 Cold stores, deep freeze stores    
10.1 For unpacked goods R12  
10.2 For packed goods R11  
11 Sales outlets, shops    
11.1 Reception of goods, meat R11  
11.2 Reception of goods, fish R11  
11.3 Serving counters for unpackaged meat and sausages R11  
11.4 Serving counters for packaged meat and sausages R10  
11.5 Serving counters for fish R12  
11.6 Meat preparation room R12  
11.7 Florists shops R11  
11.8 Sales areas with stationary ovens R11  
11.9 Sales areas with stationary deep fryers or grills R12 V4
11.10 Shops, customer accessible areas R9  
11.11 Preparation areas for food for self-service shops R10  
11.12 Cash register areas, packing areas R9  
11.13 Sales areas for unpackaged bread, cakes, pastries R10  
11.14 Sales areas for unpackaged cheese and cheese products R10  
11.15 Serving counters except for 11.3 to 11.5 and 11.13, 11.14 R9  
12 Health service rooms    
12.1 Disinfection rooms (wet) R11  
12.2 Sterilisation rooms R10  
12.3 Excrement disposal rooms, unclean nursing work rooms R10  
12.4 Pathological facilities R10  
12.5 Hydrotherapy rooms, medical bath areas R11  
12.6 Wash rooms of operating theatres, plastering rooms R10  
12.7 Sanitary rooms, ward bath rooms R10  
12.8 Rooms for medical diagnostics and therapy, massage rooms R9  
12.9 Operating theatres R9  
12.10 Wards with hospital rooms and corridors R9  
12.11 Medicine practices, day clinics R9  
12.12 Pharmacies R9  
12.13 Laboratories R9  
12.14 Hairdressing salons R9  
13 Laundry    
13.1 Rooms with washing machines for washing laundry with water R11  
13.2 Ironing rooms R9  
14 Fodder concentrate production    
14.1 Dried fodder production R11  
14.2 Fodder concentrate production using fats and water R11 V4
15 Leather production; textiles    
15.1 Wet areas in tanneries R13  
15.2 Rooms with skimming machines R13 V10
15.3 Areas where leather scraps accumulate R13 V10
15.4 Rooms where grease is used to make leather impermeable R12  
15.5 Die mill for textiles R11  
16 Paint shops    
16.1 Wet grinding areas R12  
17 Ceramic industry    
17.1 Wet grinding mills for raw material processing R11 V10
17.2 Mixing and handling of tar, pitch, graphite and synthetic resins R11  
17.3 Pressing (shaping), with tar, pitch, graphite and synthetic resins R11  
17.4 Moulding areas R12  
17.5 Glazing areas R12  
18 Stone glass processing    
18.1 Stone cutting, grinding and polishing R11  
18.2 Glass shaping    
18.2.1 Hollow glass ware, flat glass R11  
18.3 Grindery areas    
18.3.1 Hollow glass ware, flat glass R11  
18.4 Insulating glass manufacture, handling of drying agents R11  
18.5 Packaging, shipping of flat glass, handling of drying agents R11 V6
18.6 Etching and acid polishing facilities for glass R11  
19 Cast concrete facilities    
19.1 Concrete washing areas R11  
20 Storage areas    
20.1 Store rooms for oils and fats R12 V6
21 Chemical and thermal treatment of iron and metal    
21.1 Pickling plants R12  
21.2 Hardening ship R12  
21.3 Labratory rooms R11  
22 Metal processing, metal workshops    
22.1 Galvanising shops R12  
22.2 Grey cast iron processing R11  
22.3 Mechanical processing areas (e.g. turning section, press working), drawing installation (pipes, wires) and areas exposed to increased oil and lubricant contamination R11  
22.4 Parts cleaning areas, exhaust steam areas    
23 Vehicles repair workshops    
23.1 Repair and servicing bays R11  
23.2 Working and inspection bays R12 V4
23.3 Car wash areas R11 V4
24 Aircraft service and repair workshops    
24.1 Aircraft hangars R11  
24.2 Repair hangars R12  
24.3 Washing halls R12 V4
25 Waste water treatment plants    
25.1 Pump rooms R12  
25.2 Rooms for sludge draining units R12  
25.3 Rooms for screening equipment R12  
26 Fire Brigade buildings    
26.1 Vehicle parking bays R12  
26.2 Hose maintenance equipment rooms R12  
27 Financial Institutions    
27.1 Counter areas R9  
28 Garages (with exception of areas in number 0)    
28.1 Garages, multi-storey carpark, car parks R10  
29 Schools and Kindergartens    
29.1 Entrance halls, corridors, assembly halls R9  
29.2 Classrooms, group rooms R10  
29.3 Stairs R10  
29.4 Toilets, washrooms R10  
29.5 Instructional kitchens in schools (see also number 9) R10  
29.6 Kitchens in Kindergartens (see also number 9) R10  
29.7 Machine rooms for woodworking R10  
29.8 Special rooms for handicrafts R10  
Ref: HB 197:1999 - Standards Australia

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