With the easing lock down restrictions many businesses are now, or are in the process of, reopening. Part of this process includes making sure that premises are COVID Secure for customers and staff alike.

With the changes to social distancing rules that have been announced and the requirements of ensuring your signage is safe, we have these tips on floor markings courtesy of Martin Burnett from printers, Nettl of Melksham.


  • Many businesses have made their own DIY printed floor signs that they laminate and stick down with double sided tape. This is a major Health and Safety problem for not only slipping, but also tripping, because they will lift over time.
  • We are seeing some really cheap printed options being advertised, unfortunately these are almost certainly printed on normal vinyl, which, when wet is a real danger as people may slip on them.
  • It is vitally important that you use a supplier who is used to printing floor graphics because not all printed vinyl is the same It is essential that your supplier uses the correct non slip materials.
  • Make sure you use the best material for the type of floor surface you have. Your supplier can work with you on this.
  • I would advise you ask your chosen supplier to tell you the R rating (anti-slip rating) of materials used. R9 is the absolute minimum for indoor use (R12 for outdoor). Normal vinyl or laminate does not carry an R rating. If the supplier can’t tell you, then they are probably not using the right material.
  • Make sure you complete a risk assessment for any signs or markings that you put in place to ensure they do not cause a slip or trip hazard


You can find out more information on risk assessing your signage, COVID-19 guidance and Health and Safety in general at https://www.hse.gov.uk/