GRP – the ideal anti-slip solution for educational settings

From small primary schools to large higher-education institutions, slips and trips are a common occurrence in all types of educational settings – and it’s easy to understand why.

They’re places that experience a huge volume of daily foot traffic. Staff and pupils are often in a rush to get to their next lesson. Surfaces may be contaminated with spillages, litter, bags etc. Whilst fallen leaves, poor weather conditions, and low visibility can all pose a big issue.

A priority, therefore, should be to ensure walking areas – such as stairs, steps, walkways and ramps – are as safe as possible. And we believe glass reinforced plastic (GRP) products could be the ideal solution.

The summer holiday shut down is the ideal time for on-site maintenance and the perfect opportunity to prepare your premises for the autumn-winter term ahead. So why not take a look at our most popular anti-slip solutions?

Find out how GRP could benefit your school or college and get in touch today.


3 anti-slip solutions for schools and colleges


1. GRP step coverings

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, GRP step covers are a fantastic addition to stairways with high levels of day-to-day footfall and heavily worn steps.

They’re a retro-fit solution, which can be applied to any surface – wood, concrete, metal – and used immediately after their installation. Made from a combination of fibreglass and resin, with a special carbon-silicon grit added to the top layer, they provide an effective slip-resistant tread and are an easy way to prevent slips and trips on stairways in your educational setting.

We also offer glow in the dark step coverings, which remain visible for up to 20 hours after a light source has been removed. These are particularly useful for the dark nights of winter months. In addition, we can manufacture complete GRP anti-slip steps to suit your specific requirements.


2. GRP flooring

GRP flooring is another fantastic way to promote health and safety on your school premises. In fact, it’s one of the safest flooring options currently available to buy.

Here at HR Kilns Ltd, we supply GRP flooring with both a mesh and solid-top design and in a range of different colours to suit your needs and preferences. But whichever option you choose, a carbon-silicon grit is added to the top layer – to create an enhanced anti-slip surface with additional grip.

As such, this type of flooring can significantly reduce the number of slip and trip accidents, both inside and outside your premises. It’s a worthwhile investment for all educational settings and particularly ideal for walkways, corridors, ramps, and play areas.


3. GRP handrails

They may not be the most obvious anti-slip solution, but GRP handrails are another effective way to prevent unnecessary falls and trips on the school grounds.

Ergonomically designed and made from polyester resin and glass filaments, they’re a safer and longer-lasting alternative to conventional handrails. Fitted on both sides of a walkway or staircase, they can help to guide and steady users – and go a long way towards preventing nasty accidents.

Modular GRP handrail systems can be moulded into a range of shapes and sizes, and fabricated bespoke to meet your specific requirements. What’s more, they can either be supplied pre-built and ready to install or cut to size, so that they can be built on-site from flat pack.


Additional benefits of GRP products

Aside from their anti-slip properties, our GRP products offer a range of other beneficial features too. Detailed information on these pros can be found in our previous blog. But to summarise, they are:

  • – strong yet lightweight
  • – low maintenance, with minimal upkeep required
  • – incredibly durable
  • – hardy to all weather conditions
  • – resistant to corrosion and UV rays
  • – fire-resistant
  • – affordable


Start the new academic year with our GRP products

If you’re looking for a new anti-slip solution for your educational setting, and would like to find out more about GRP products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Now is the perfect time to improve the health and safety of your premises and we’re always happy to assist with your enquiries.

To discuss your anti-slip requirements in detail, you’re welcome to call us at any time on 01695 557 711. Alternatively, either send an email to or fill out our contact form. Together, we can ensure your school is prepared for the next academic year.

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