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P is for Pool Concourse

With recent heat waves across Australia and their summer months rapidly approaching, Australians are seeking out ways to avoid the heat and cool down.

If you visit a few of your local Aquatic and Leisure facilities, you will notice that there is a range of flooring materials used around pool concourses. From bare concrete and tiles to plain and decorative resin based flooring, there are numerous options for facility managers to contemplate.

Fairholme College Aquatic Centre, Toowooba, Queensland

One of the key factors to consider in these facilities is staff and visitor safety. Walkways, amenities and pool concourse floors are generally wet at various points throughout the day, creating a potential slip and trip hazard.

How can you reduce the risk to patrons and staff?

It’s simple – through the use of flooring materials which feature a textured non-slip profile.

According to the SA HB 198:2014 guide to the specification and testing of slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces, swimming pool surrounds and communal shower rooms require a minimum slip resistance rating of P4 and communal change rooms must meet a P3 rating.

These ratings can be achieved by using a decorative resin flooring system, which features non-slip natural or coloured quartz aggregates. When wet, the textured flooring profile reduces the risk of slips as the aggregates grip underfoot.

Opus Clubhouse, Perdana Lakeview East, Cyberjaya, Malaysia

For more information on slip resistance requirements or to find out how we to increase the safety in your facility, contact Flowcrete Australia.

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Ilona Osborne

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