Seamless Resin Cooks Up A Banquet
Seamless resin flooring continues to have a successful track record as
the flooring choice in food preparation areas, says Helen McGachie, ceo of FeRFA:
THIS is a big plus for seamless resin flooring when you remember that the food sector is the most demanding of environments in terms of floor selection, where the hygienic properties of the floor are the most important factor, followed by slip resistance and its ability to be regularly cleaned and maintained.
Health & safety in any workplace environment is of paramount importance, but in food preparation areas where spillages and washing down are a regular occurrence, it is essential that the highest standards are maintained to avoid accidents.
In these environments, the type of flooring can make a positive contribution to the health & safety regime in terms of hygiene and slip resistance, and seamless resin flooring performs on both counts.
Choosing the correct resin flooring system is essential to ensure it satisfies all the mechanical, chemical, physical, biological and practical requirements of the user. Whether the project is new build or refurbishment, pre-planning at the initial design stage is critical to evaluate the environment, the use and traffic of the floor and the slip resistance required.
To ensure the causes of slips are minimised, the following criteria should be examined:
Type and concentration of likely spillage;
Free draining or flat floor design;
Drainage and sumps to be provided ;
Regular cleaning procedures; and
While avoidance of wet contamination is the first approach, there may be occasions when wet or greasy floors cannot be avoided and reliance on adequate slip resistance becomes more important. The floor’s slip resistance in such conditions is assessed by established methods of measurement, details of which are included within the FeRFA Guide to Assessing the Slip Resistance of Resin Floors.
How and when the floor will be cleaned is a vital consideration if the characteristics and performance of the resin floor are to be maintained. The use of mechanical floor cleaning machines with advice from cleaning chemical suppliers should be sought to establish the recommended frequency of cleaning and the most suitable cleaning agents to disperse oils, greases and contaminants and provide the necessary level of hygiene.
Failure to clean floors correctly will affect the slip resistance. It is therefore important to implement an effective cleaning regime in conjunction with the client and this should preferably include regular testing of the slip resistance to ensure that the required performance is being maintained.
In terms of environmental performance, seamless resin flooring provides a sustainable option in that it meets the low carbon agenda for construction to reduce waste. Resin floors always fit perfectly as they are created in situ, in addition they are able to be applied into intricate spaces that would be very difficult with preformed systems.
Material wastage is minimal, as estimating allows the contractor to determine the exact amount of material which is mixed on site for each job. As FeRFA operates a Recycling Scheme, this means that the resin flooring contractor is also able to recover and recycle all waste packaging material used on the project
Specialist help and advice should always be sought at the pre-planning or initial design stage. A trained and competent contractor, such as a FeRFA contractor, who has the specialist skills and experience, will be able to advise on the most suitable resin flooring system and to install it correctly.
Today’s resin flooring systems offer a wide range of choice in terms of thickness, colour, texture and also curing times, and are an ideal choice for the food sector. Resin flooring is classified, according to generic type and performance characteristics, within the British Standard BS 8204-6 and the FeRFA Classification.
Full guidance notes on the specification and application of resin flooring, together with useful topics such as assessing slip resistance, cleaning and maintenance are available to download from the FeRFA website. www.ferfa.org.uk
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.