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This is only the beginning

by Darren
Genesis Jnl 4 15

A range of stairnosings from a prominent company that serves both SA and the UK prevents slips and falls through thorough product ranges targeted at these specific issues.

As an established company in the ceramic profiles market, both in the UK and around the world, Genesis’ diversification into the flooring market was a natural progression in the company’s development.

Over the last seventeen years, Genesis has established itself as a prominent company in flooring profiles, providing a host of solutions that aim to resolve floor finishing problems.

“I feel that our growth can be attributed to a combination of factors, but primarily our ‘can do’ attitude combined with competitive pricing, excellent product quality and outstanding service have been the main ones,” states Michael Gadney, Sales Director.

Genesis has provided flooring profiles for various prestigious projects in the UK and around the world, including Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, The University of Pretoria in South Africa, and has even provided bespoke stair nosings for the Directors’ box at Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium.

The Genesis Stairnosing range contains over 100 different profile shapes, sizes and materials designed to protect the exposed edge, increase visual awareness and slip resistance.
Research studies have shown that 80% of slips on stairs are likely to occur when users are descending the stairs. This usually occurs as a result of an overstep, when a substantial portion of the foot overhangs the tread.

The application of a stairnosing incorporating a slip-resistant material that extends to the leading edge may reduce the risk of slipping. This slip resistance can be measured using the Pendulum Test Value (PTV).

Stairnosings visually highlight the step edge against the tread and riser surface. Poor delineation of the step’s edge may confuse people making use of the stairs, particularly in poor lighting conditions, thus increasing the risk of an overstep. The selection of appropriate stairnosing is key to maximising safety and visual clarity on a flight of stairs.

Another factor to take into consideration is reflectance, which is the proportion of light that a surface reflects compared to the amount of light that falls on the surface. An LRV (Light Reflectance Value) is a value given to a surface to denote the amount of light reflected. Therefore, as many people with a visual impairment can perceive light and dark, LRVs are a suitable method to measure contrast levels.  

LRVs are marked on a scale of 1 to 100, depending on the percentage of light reflected. Dark, matt and/or textured surfaces absorb a large amount of light and, therefore, have low reflectance values.  In order to achieve a suitable contrast between different surfaces, it is recommended that there be at least a 30 point (not 30%) difference in the LRVs of the two surfaces.

The Genesis Aluminator* Range offers yet another innovative solution for step edges. This innovative eco-product is powered exclusively by solar-power, renewable energy, with up to 30 minutes solar charge, providing over eight hours of illumination. Not only is it energy-efficient, it is easy to install and requires no electrical installation. Being suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and with a high slip resistance when used with the new Genesis Silicone Carbide Insert, it is easy to understand why this nosing has now become one of the most popular in the range.

This ongoing drive to set superior industry standards will undoubtedly continue to propel the Genesis brand forward.

*Genesis Aluminator is a registered trademark

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