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Anti-slip floor sheets stop staff slips at London Zoo

The world-renowned ZSL London Zoo is home to a large collection of venomous snakes and amphibians.

Behind the scenes in the Amphibian & Reptile House, in the snake management area, new safety measures were recently implemented, with the help of Safe Tread gritted anti-slip floor sheets and stair nosings.

Anti-slip floor sheets and stair nosing installed at London Zoo reptile house.

Anti-Slip flooring safety solution

The Reptile House staff came up with the idea of adding anti-slip floor safety measures. The Zoo is a member of, and inspected by the British Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Ben Tapley co-chairs the BIAZA Reptile and Amphibian Working Group that aims to provide best and safe working practices:

"Working with venomous snakes has the potential to be hazardous and historically we had wooden platforms with limited grip at the back of the reptile tanks that didn't give us much space.

The last thing you want is to slip and fall with venomous snake on a hook or a in a tube, so we re-developed the area with gritted flat sheets and stair nosing to improve health and safety."

Floor sheets & stair nosing installed on slip hazard platforms

"We increased the width of the service area with a new platform, bars and toe boards to access the back of the reptile tanks, and installed anti-slip floor sheets to wooden flooring and anti-slip stair nosing to wooden stairways.

During the refit reptiles were moved away and new air condition units were also fitted. The King Cobra, Black Mamba snakes and venomous lizards were rehoused until the platform and non slip flooring area was completed.

The anti-slip flooring offers great slip protection we needed when handling the venomous or dangerous snakes and lizards.The floor that we work on usually has a wet surface. We use hoses to wash down enclosures along with slippery disinfectants so installing the anti-slip floor sheets has greatly improved the area and made the working environment much safer."

1. Anti-slip flooring ensures good health safety and best working practices at ZSL London Zoo.2. The world-renowned ZSL London Zoo Reptile House, zookeeper and animal safety is priority.3. Wooden platforms service the back of the reptile tanks.4. A new larger platform was introduced with Anti-Slip Stair Nosing.

5. Anti-slip stair nosing, anti-slip floor sheets applied to stairways and walkways.6. Slippery wooden areas made safe with anti-slip floor sheets.7. Health and safety precautions in the venomous and dangerous animal environment. 8. Water and detergents used make the platform a potential slip hazard.

9. The application of non-slip flat sheeting ensures the wash down area is safe.10. The snake management area made safer for staff with anti-slip floor sheets.11. The Zoo is a member of and inspected by, the British Association of Zoos and Aquariums.12. King Cobra, Black Mamba snakes and venomous lizards were rehoused during anti-slip floor installation.

Anti-slip flooring - a quick and cost effective safety solution

Anti slip floor sheets are designed to fit to floors, walkways, landings, platforms, a quick and cost effective solution to improving health and safety.

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