Follow The Standards!
In this article, we will outline the importance of staying up-to-date with the developments in the flooring industry. London flooring contractors need to be aware of the standards and contribute to working towards using sustainable materials – we should not forget that customer health and safety is paramount. In order to be a successful London flooring contractor, you should keep up with the standards and regulations of the flooring industry so you ensure your business is flourishing.
- There are several trade flooring organisations, associations and governing bodies in the UK. They strive to keep the standards of the flooring industry high. These include Contract Flooring Association (CFA), the National Institute of Carpet&Floorlayers (NICF) and British Wood Flooring Association (BwfW). These associations bring together installers, specifiers, suppliers and London flooring contractors to support the professionals in the industry. They maintain the experts up-to-date by providing education documents, guidelines and training programmes.
- There are many standards in the flooring industry – health and safety guidelines, materials used, technical requirements and so on. We won’t be able to discuss every single one of them but we will discuss some of the most critical ones which London flooring contractors should follow.
- Health and safety – London flooring contractors need to adhere the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA) and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM).
- Materials – flooring contractors need to follow certain regulations depending on the material used. The Environmental Code of Conduct is one of them. Contractors should be careful when choosing the timber. It must be sourced from sustainably managed forests. Illegal logging still remains a problem for the international wood trade.
- Sub-floor surfaces – there are standards for surface regularity that comply with the requirements of BS8201, BS8203, BS8204, BS8425, BS5325 and other relevant standards.
- Emissions – as there are some finishing products that contain hazardous levels of toxins, there is a regulation limiting the quantity of pollutants emitted in the atmosphere.
- Dryness – the base must be sufficiently dry before installing a floor. A hygrometer should read no more than 75%RH when tested.
- Room temperature and humidity – the installation of most London flooring solutions must be done in between 18 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius. The standards are BS8201, BS8203, BS8204, BS8424, BS5325.
Failing to follow these industry standards may result in mediocre quality work and endanger employees` and clients` safety. Flooring associations promote the highest standards of safety, training and professionalism in the flooring industry. Training plays a very important role in creating more reputable London flooring contractors. Therefore, providing training in all the different areas of the sector including preparation, sanding and finishing is of crucial importance. This is the only way to develop and progress in the business!
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