Invest in the Safety of Your Business with Professional Safety Flooring
One key aspect of safety in commercial environments is the flooring. Safety flooring is especially designed to reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls, in particular work environments where safety is paramount.
Depending on the technical requirements for your space, there are different types of safety flooring options to ensure a safe working space. Understand the safety requirements your space demands, and find a safety flooring fit for your work space.
Importance of Safety Flooring
Slip resistant flooring is essential when it comes to safety in a range of hazardous commercial environments, including commercial kitchens, aged care and healthcare facilities, and public bathrooms. To avoid and minimise the risk of serious injury, safety flooring is crafted with the appropriate specifications to ensure it’s fit for purpose, providing slip resistance where needed. It’s important to note, when safety flooring is applied in unnecessary environments, it can also act as a safety hazard, therefore it is crucial to understand the requirements of your space.
Types of Safety Flooring
There are several types of safety flooring, each with its own set of specifications that are fit for purpose. Slip resistant flooring is the most commonly known to be used in wet room areas such as bathrooms and public restrooms, however other types of safety flooring should be used in more demanding environments such as commercial kitchens, retail spaces, and areas susceptible to oil spills and high foot traffic.
Anti-static flooring is designed for areas where static electricity can be a hazard, such as server rooms or manufacturing facilities. Impact-resistant flooring is ideal for areas with heavy foot traffic, such as airports or train stations.
Choosing the Right Safety Flooring for Your Space
When choosing the right safety flooring for your business it is important to consider the required and recommended standards for your space, to ensure you are choosing a flooring that will meet your safety needs. First, assess the areas within your space that require slip resistant flooring and why - do they require wet room safety flooring, or commercial grade safety flooring that may provide a higher level of stability?
Secondly, it is important to consider where your safety flooring is required, and whether it is only necessary in some areas, or all. Some high risk environments require a gradual transition between regular vinyl to safety vinyl flooring, thus it is important to consult a specialist that can advise the appropriate product specifications for your area.
Other considerations include the cleanability of your floors. While slip resistant flooring will prevent injury, it comes with higher levels of maintenance in terms of its cleanability. Whilst commercial grade safety flooring is ideal for oil spills and heavy foot traffic, it requires greater upkeep for meeting hygiene standards. Hence why you should always seek a product that is correctly specified for your space, and not choose high flooring standards where it may not be required.
Lastly, always consider the level of foot traffic the areas will receive, as this will also help determine the level of safety the area demands.
Installation and Maintenance of Safety Flooring
It's important to use a professional installer when installing safety flooring to ensure that it is installed correctly and meets the required standards for your industry, whilst ensuring product longevity.
Regular maintenance is required to keep safety flooring in good condition and ensure that it remains effective over time. This includes regular cleaning and upkeep to remove any dirt, debris, or other hazards that may accumulate on the surface.
Tips for maintaining safety flooring include using appropriate cleaning products, such as non-abrasive cleaners, and avoiding harsh chemicals that could damage the surface. Regular inspections should also be conducted to identify any areas that may require repairs or replacement.
Safety flooring is an essential aspect of a range of commercial environments. By installing safety flooring in your space, you can ensure a safe working environment for customers and staff.Check out your safety flooring options at Armstrong Flooring.