Regardless of the type of facility under your charge, the health and safety of building occupants is foremost in your mind. Since flooring is something found in every room, wouldn’t it be great if a single solution could both improve a building’s health and safety score and reduce costs? Here are four ways it can:
Concern over potential slip-and-fall events is never far from any Facility Manager’s mind. It’s hard to come up with a more litigious issue. And yet, slippery floor coverings continue to be sold and installed in facilities of all types. Slick tile, sheet goods and even carpeted surfaces offer a single, fixed level of slip-resistance throughout the floor space. What might work in the middle of the room can be extremely dangerous near an entryway, where wet weather can compromise traction. Polished or stained concrete, as well as marble and other natural stone floors, offer little or no non-skid options. Rubber mats are messy, can slide around and simply aren’t useful in certain situations. Only fluid-applied resinous flooring allows for complete customization of slip-resistance – lighter in one area, heavier where it’s needed. It’s an ideal way to help improve facility safety, and reduce slip/trip incidents.
The public is becoming aware of the risks that formaldehyde can introduce into the indoor environment. Materials and furnishings containing this chemical can “outgas”, that is, release formaldehyde into the air, for many months after installation. Some of the biggest culprits for outgassing are vinyl tile, sheet flooring and carpeting. In contrast, some manufacturers’ resinous flooring contains absolutely no formaldehyde. It’s also free of phthalate and heavy metal content. Resinous flooring is completely inert after installation and proper cure, with no outgassing.
Another contributor to poor IAQ is excessive dust. Bare, unsealed concrete floors are a unique culprit in this regard, since typical use causes “concrete dusting” — the release of fine particulate into the air from the floor surface. High levels of concrete dust in the room can clog and overtax air filtration systems and other electrical equipment, causing them to work harder and utilize more energy. Concrete dust particles floating in the facility environment can even shorten the life of an HVAC system and other expensive machinery. Coating bare concrete floors with a durable, high performance system can be a value-based, long-term solution that alleviates “concrete dusting”. It can help safeguard equipment and personnel, while simultaneously contributing to lower energy use and utility costs.
Microbes, including bacteria, viruses and mold, among others, love to grow in dark, wet, absorbent or hidden environments. Floor tile with porous grout, vinyl sheet goods installed with crack-prone heat-welded seams, and of course, carpeting, can be a great place for undesirable microbes to set up shop. All of these floor coverings provide pockets of dark, dank space between their undersides and the concrete surface—perfect environments for mold proliferation. To help avoid the risks to occupant health, as well as potential mold remediation costs, resinous flooring once again offers the smart solution. Fluid-applied, resinous flooring is seamless with no grout lines or heat-welds. It is also completely bonded to the concrete flooring surface, disallowing for microbes to breed on the floor’s underside. The traffic surfaces are completely impervious and are even available with additional anti-microbial protection throughout the depth of the coating system for added assurance. The long-term benefits of antimicrobial resinous flooring come at a relatively low installed price. But, knowing that these safeguards are in place is priceless.
Electrostatic discharge is a serious concern in many facilities. Whether in a hospital operating room, electronics assembly plant, web-fed converting operation, bulk powders manufacturer, or IT center, managers seek to safely remove static electricity from the environment. If left untamed, this force of nature can cause damage to expensive equipment, trigger dangerous arcing or even explosions. For such facilities, electrostatic dissipative (ESD) flooring is an important component of an overall safety program and ESD resinous floors from reputable manufacturers offer some of the longest-lasting, reliably-performing protection on the market. The best require no special waxes or care to maintain their ESD properties, providing excellent safeguards and savings on every front.
It’s clear that the right facility flooring can make a significant difference in occupants’ safety and health — and in your budget.
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