Safety flooring has become one of the most popular flooring methods across a wide range of industries due to the superior properties that it possesses. Here is a guide to safety flooring for all the information that you may need.
Safety flooring, often referred to as non-slip flooring, is specially engineered and designed to reduce slip risks from spillages in certain commercial buildings with high traffic environments. Safety flooring doesn’t just protect against various spillages such as shampoo, grease and water, but it also helps to create a safer environment. It does this by creating a more hygienic environment by being easy to clean and as there are no joints or grouts which makes it impervious to liquids; therefore, reduces the risk of infections from bacteria build up in places such as hospitals. There are four main types of safety flooring available:
In many places, it is your duty to provide safety flooring to ensure that the general public are kept safe from spillages. Did you know that each year an average of 424,000 people die from slip falls globally? This isn’t including the number of people with broken bones and other injuries from slipping over. These fatalities and injuries can be greatly reduced if all commercial buildings had the proper safety flooring in place. In fact, when choosing your safety floorings, look out for the one in a million symbol; this means that the slip risk chance is one in a million compared to other floorings that could be as high as one in two people! You can protect visitors to your building in addition to preventing injury claims being made against you.
Additionally, safety floors have become desirable because they are more hygienic and can save time when cleaning; this is because safety flooring prevents bacteria from sticking making them easier to clean compared to than other flooring types.
Safety flooring is not only a practical option but can be an aesthetic option too. With so many different choices of colours and patterns of safety flooring, you can find a safety floor that looks great within your premises. Furthermore, safety flooring provides a soft and cushioned feeling underneath the foot making it the ultimate flooring for any commercial property.
Safety flooring should be considered for all types of commercial buildings due to the superior qualities that it possesses. However, it is essential in many types of commercial buildings due to safety regulations that are in place. These professions include but are not limited to nurseries, hospitals, universities, leisure facilities, commercial kitchens and toilets, care homes and retail, food and hospitality facilities. Check with your flooring supplier which safety flooring is best for you based on the safety requirements that you need to meet.
Without a doubt, all hospitals will have safety flooring installed throughout the entire building. Safety flooring in hospitals aren’t created to look visually appealing but to provide the ultimate performance. Hospitals have strict policies to provide flooring that is hygienic and slip resistant in addition to being able to move hospital beds freely on the floor. The safety flooring in hospitals will need to fight cross-contamination of bacteria and infections, therefore, antimicrobial technology is added to the floor which is an added layer on top of the flooring to prevent the growth of bacteria in-between cleaning. Additionally, safety flooring in hospitals offers an unrivalled stain resistance to chemicals and resistance to static and dynamic loads from beds, wheelchairs and trollies to reduce the friction underneath.
Safety flooring is required in schools, but you will only really find them in places such as sports halls, canteens, corridors and stairs with carpets being predominately used within the classrooms. This is because the slip risks in the classroom are smaller as pupils are sat down and there’s often no food or drink.
Safety flooring in buildings such as schools and hospitals often come with a lifetime guarantee as it’s important that the floor always remains intact and keeps its slip-resistant and bacteria resistant properties.
Many different suppliers will offer safety flooring as part of their product offering, however, two of the biggest brands that you may have heard of are Altro and Amtico. Altro are the original creators of safety flooring which gives them decades of experience and unrivalled innovation when it comes to meeting safety standards. For places with a high slip risk, you can find Altro safety flooring including Altro Marine 20 and Altro Stronghold 30.
Amtico can also provide safety flooring but with more aesthetic appeal. Amtico provides LVT’s with a rougher surface to help protect against slip falls. You can find many different types of patterns such as weathered oak plank.
If you need any more assistance or information on safety flooring, then Frontline Flooring is here to help by supplying and installing the right safety flooring for your building’s needs.