Preventing Injuries on Safety Flooring

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Safety flooring can be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your home’s moisture (wet} costs and improve safety. Proper safety flooring installation for wet rooms can not only reduce risk but also significantly increase the resale value of your home. Here are the basics of how to install a safety flooring cost-saving safety flooring in your home.

Basics

Safety floors are typically built with Aggregates mixed into a rubber sheet safety flooring wear layer. These aggregates may penetrate the wet layer on a concrete floor to give safe access to the foot or they may sit flat on the floor to avoid the bumping effect of wet particles. This reduces the potential for accidents with slips and falls. When choosing a material for your safety flooring, the material mustn’t add additional weight. A good rule of thumb is that one inch of applied weight for each square foot of floor area is the maximum weight that may be placed on the floor by any given product.

Many manufacturers offer flexible options in their products for both kitchen and bath safety flooring. For example, many are available in either slip-resistant or heat-resistant finishes. These finishes are available in both pre-finished and unfinished boards, which allows for customization for both wet and dry areas.

Anti-Slip 

Some are available with an added anti-slip system built-in. Many wet areas require multiple levels of slip resistance, but many wet rooms do not. For this type of safety flooring, multiple levels of slip resistance are available at a reduced cost. Besides, most have anti-microbial protection built-in to protect the carpet and the wood from any bacteria that would create a health risk from adverse bacteria entering the room through the floors.

Materials

Silicon carbide is the material most commonly used to make safety flooring. It is a hard, clear plastic that is lightweight and has excellent tensile strength. Because of its strength, tensile strength, and lightweight, it is easy to install, requires little maintenance, and is stain resistant. The plastic laminate does not harbour mould, mildew, or any other conditions that may degrade the safety flooring. It is also biodegradable and will not attract dirt, dust, or debris to it.

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For continued maintenance of safety flooring, it may be necessary to apply a sealant or wax to maintain its good health. This sealant or wax should be added at the time of purchase of the floor or at the end of its anticipated life to maintain its safety qualities. Most waxes or sealants contain mild chemicals that prevent stains and help to maintain slip resistance. However, some floorings such as those made with vinyl may need to be cleaned more frequently to maintain the benefits of safety flooring.

Besides, there are many non-slip materials available for safety floors. Formica is one option that offers excellent slip resistance. However, because it is plastic, it does not protect against burns or cuts. Vinyl is another popular material that provides excellent resistance to burns and cuts but that can scratch easily. Wood and carpet are other options for safety flooring that can be easily damaged by spills and that require special care to maintain their appearance.

Selecting Safety Flooring

When selecting safety flooring for a workplace, it is important to consider all of the features and characteristics of each material. Each material will provide a different level of slip resistance, and each material will offer a different level of wear and tear. Using multiple materials together to achieve a combination of all of these properties will give the best protection. Also, by purchasing safety flooring that is designed to provide sustained slip resistance, employers can rest assured that their workers will be less likely to suffer from injury as a result of poorly manufactured safety flooring.