Are you aware that there are legal requirements for minimum slip resistance on floors?

In New Zealand and Australia there is an established Floor Slip Standard and this is given enforceable powers by virtue of it being included within the National Building Code, a document passed into law.

We also have the wide ranging and powerful Occupational Safety and Health legislation that while not specifically referring to underfoot safety requires that all practicable steps must be taken to identify, eliminate or mitigate all health and safety risks.

The current applicable floor slip standard in New Zealand is AS/NZS 3661.1:1993. some confusion exists in that a second floor slip standard AS/NZS 4586: 1999 has been published by Standards NZ, however this document has not been adopted by the Building Industry Authority nor has it passed into legislation so this Standard is not applicable. AS/NZS 4586: 1999 is however the current applicable Standard within Australia.

The links below will take you directly to the the source of the named Standards.

AS/NZS 3661.1
- The current applicable Standard in New Zealand

AS/NZS 4586
- The current applicable Standard in Australia
- Published in New Zealand but not yet current

Other documents that may be of interest to you are The New Zealand Building Code: Section D1. This is where the non-enforceable Standards are given authority in everyday application.

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