When it comes to concrete flooring options, functionality is on par with aesthetics. Various coatings and systems are designed to meet the demands of various environments, including sanitation requirements.
Facilities in manufacturing, food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical and healthcare fields are among those where specialty care must be taken – not only for the longevity of the flooring system, but to ensure a safe working environment that abides by governmental standards.
When selecting a flooring system for an industrial space, facility managers need to consider the following:
What type of traffic does my facility receive?
This is perhaps the most important question, and dozens of systems have been developed to meet unique needs of industrial facilities. How many people are working? What are they doing? What equipment are they using? These questions can tie directly to sanitation needs, and a thorough site survey is essential to uncover specific requirements and identify the right system. For example, are dust and allergens present in a warehouse? If so, an acrylic-based system might be the right choice for limiting exposure. Is a chemical leak a possibility? Secondary containment flooring achieves EPA and OSHA standards.
What types of chemicals and acids will my floor be exposed to?
Concrete is porous, meaning moisture, food acids, microorganisms, solvents and other chemicals can seep into the substrate and allow bacteria and mold to breed underneath the surface. This creates a host of problems, including negative impacts to the health and safety of workers as well as product contamination.
To prevent such issues, it’s critical that the facility flooring fully bonds to the concrete substrate. For instance, rubber sheet-type flooring doesn’t fully bond to the concrete and may not stand up to industrial demands. Resinous floor coatings, on the other hand, can fully bond to the substrate to create a moisture-tolerant environment. You can take it step further with urethane mortars, which can include an anti-microbial additive to further inhibit the growth of bacteria and organisms.
How will I clean my surface?
Cleaning and sanitation processes are dependent on facility use. A textured floor may be needed to prevent slip-and-fall hazards, while other rooms may require smoother surfaces to quickly and easily clean any spills. Various epoxy, polyurethane and novolac systems can have highly customized textures to meet facility demands. Further, it’s important to assess whether a sloped floor can enhance cleanability, preventing the buildup of bacteria and other contaminants.
A flooring system can play a critical role in keeping an industrial facility sanitized and ensuring the health and safety of workers. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance selecting the right flooring system for your specific sanitation requirements.
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