Drytac helps ensure floor graphics are safe and legal in public spaces
Drytac guarantees flawless, certified floor graphics backed up with warranties and support – essential for every public space. New guides for the retail, construction and housing, stadiums, and schools and universities sectors explain more.
Drytac, a specialist manufacturer of floor graphics media, has released several overview guides on this key applications. The four dedicated guides cover the essential aspects of floor graphic projects – such as safety obligations and insurance – in retail, construction and housing, stadiums, and schools and universities respectively.
The use of floor graphics has accelerated at an unprecedented rate in 2020, owing to the need for social distancing and directional signage that can be easily observed. Drytac is a major brand in this field, manufacturing floor graphics media – along with an extensive range of other sign and graphics products – around the clock at its factories in the UK and North America. As such, it has taken the lead on safety: the chief concern of any organisation using floor graphics for public use.
The new guides provide a general overview of floor media, including locations and surfaces, types of graphic solutions and relevant Drytac products – and explains the legal responsibilities. A FAQ section explains slip ratings and certifications and the tests to achieve them, with advice on how to maintain graphics to avoid slips and trips. It also covers the legal responsibilities of the supplier, installer and customer.
These legal responsibilities are based on testing and retesting of all Drytac products. Every batch undergoes in-house QC testing to ensure it achieves the British Standard BS 7976-2/European Standard EN 13036-4/North American Standard ASTM-E303 for slip resistance. Research has confirmed that this test and its result, called a Pendulum Test Value (PTV/BPN), is the most reliable and accurate method for evaluating slip resistance. The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) along with its global counterparts and many insurance companies have adopted this as the standard test method for assessing slip resistance.
“At Drytac, safety is our priority,” comments Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. “Slip ratings are not based on a one-off test sample done in a lab years ago, but on the results of the strictest assessment available, on every single batch.
“We offer the correct ratings and insurance-backed warranties to make life easier for our customers, providing peace of mind that every Drytac floor decal offers legal and financial protection. In short, Drytac products keep you safe.”
Drytac’s comprehensive range of specialist floor graphics media includes Polar Grip with Interlam Pro Emerytex for smooth outdoor floors, Polar Street FX for rough outdoor surfaces, SpotOn Floor 200, FloorTac Textures and Polar Floor PET 170 for indoor public spaces and many other innovative solutions. Details on these products and more can be found in the overview guides, available to download for free via www.drytac.com/floorgraphicguide.
Drytac can also supply a list of Drytac-certified print and install partners. Customers are recommended to get in touch for information or download the guides.