AUST – Hendry informs owners and facility managers that compliant buildings and good documentation can reduce the risk of injury claims against them. This can be achieved by ensuring that new buildings are compliant with the Building Code of Australia and that existing buildings that have inherent non-compliances are audited and actioned accordingly. As legislation and standards evolve it is important that non compliances such as walking surfaces to stairs and ramps are checked to reduce claims against trips and slips.  Other non-compliant risks such as handrail heights and compliant glazing to impact areas also need to be assessed especially during fit-outs or refurbishments.

Slip Resistant Surfaces – The Building Code of Australia is limited in clarifying the issue of slip resistance under the deemed to satisfy provisions. The most appropriate section of the Building Code of Australia to consider for new buildings or alterations is the Performance requirements under Part DP 2 of Volume 1 which states;

“So that people can move safely to and within a building, it must have-

(a) walking surfaces with safe gradients; and

(c) any stairways and ramps with-

(i) slip resistant walking surfaces on-

    • ramps; and
    • stairway treads or near the edge of the nosing;”

There is also a small mention to slip resistance under part D2.10 of the Building Code of Australia however this is limited to fire isolated ramps.

For new buildings and building upgrades we recommend a slip test be provided by the installing contractor for pedestrian areas identified in the above extract of the Building Code of Australia.