Unlocking GRP Grating: Your Guide to its Applications and Benefits
In 2021/2022, there were an estimated 565,000 non-fatal injuries in the workplace. Industrial flooring and floor surfaces present a significant risk of accidents in the workplace, and slips and trips are the most common cause of not fatal injuries at work.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable and in good condition. Personnel should be able to move around safely and perform routine tasks and specific operations with infrastructure suitable for the present risks. Equally, flooring should meet the hard-wearing impact of the industry.
GRP grating is lighter than steel and is the solution for many applications where safety and durability are key concerns. Find out more benefits below.
What is GRP grating?
GRP grating is a structural floor grating product ideal for platform flooring made from Glass Reinforced Plastic. In application, it is a versatile, reliable and high-performance floor covering/surface and is often considered a credible alternative to traditional steel grating.
Even galvanised steel and other metal gratings aren’t completely resistant to rust and corrosion. When steel grating comes into contact with lots of moisture or certain chemicals, it can rust and corrode quickly.
Corrosion compromises the structural integrity of traditional grates and can pose a serious fall hazard for workers. The molecular structure of GRP is manufactured to withstand forces that would weaken or compromise other materials. This makes GRP perfect for those situations which are subject to the elements or high-humidity environments.
How can you improve safety on-site with GRP grating?
By using GRP grating, you can actively eliminate a lot of the risks that come with using steel grating products, making it not only a more cost-effective alternative but a safer one.
The anti-slip surface offers excellent slip resistance, helping to prevent workers from falling on-site, even when wet. GRP is waterproof, meaning it can be used on exteriors, roofs and boats where surface water increases the risk of slips, such as water treatment plants and offshore wind and oil facilities.
GRP grating is also non-conductive. For electrical plants and high-risk voltage areas such as electrified railway linessystems, non-conductive flooring prohibits the flow of electricity and prevents deadly shocks, making it perfect for areas close to high voltage.
Glass-reinforced plastic offers excellent chemical and corrosion resistance. As mentioned, corrosion and decomposition can hinder structural integrity, presenting more fall risks. Where corrosives may destroy metal or wood, GRP offers corrosion resistance over various pH levels.
Fire is a hazard for all industries, but some sectors, such as oil production, are at an increased risk. Iron or steel can lose integrity due to extreme heat, but GRP does not. Its threshold of heat resistance is higher, making it a much more structurally sound and safer option.
Ezi Klamp offers GRP grating in Yellow and Grey. These ‘safety colours’ are easy to notice and can indicate risk areas where precaution is necessary.
Where to use GRP grating?
Our GRP grating has a typical lifespan of over 20 years, and due to its durable composition, the grating won’t need to be replaced often. If a GRP grating panel is damaged, a new panel can be shipped quickly and fitted without disruption.
GRP open mesh grating is also easy to clean, allowing debris to fall through. The open meshes permit debris to fall through the mesh panel, & preventing hazardous buildups on the walking surface.
In compliance with health and safety requirements, including The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, every floor in the workplace and the surface of every traffic route in a workplace must be free from obstructions and any article or substance that may cause a person to slip, trip, or fall. Small debris naturally falls through the grating, maintaining compliance, or can be easily cleaned.
The simple installation process of GRP grating saves a considerable amount of time.
It can be fitted without heavy lifting gear/cranes or hot work /welding. Another way to cut costs and risk on site.
Our GRP gratings and stair treads are designed to provide safe, long-lasting, economical, and worry-free solutions across various sectors. They are just one of the many GRP products that we can supply, including handrails and fencing.
Ordering your GRP grating systems
Enquire about GRP grating for your application today and discover all the benefits that it has to offer. We hold large stock and pride ourselves on quickly delivering when you need it. Contact the Ezi Klamp team today on 0117 970 2420 or email email@example.com, and a member of our expert team will be more than happy to guide you through the process.