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Safety Flooring: Why Is It Necessary?

Safety flooring is primarily used to prevent slips, trips and falls. These kinds of accidents are the number one cause of workplace injury in the UK, and often result in further injuries being sustained by the victim, such as scalds, whiplash or broken bones from falls from height. These types of accidents are not only distressing for the victim and the company responsible. They can also result in lost productivity; disruptive inspections from health and safety officers, fines and court cases; and damaging reputational issues. Many such accidents can be prevented by having professional flooring contractors install the correct type of safety flooring. This article looks at the issues in more detail.

Why And Where Flooring Contractors Recommend Safety Flooring

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that slips and trips comprise over a third of all workplace injuries, and are easily the largest cause of UK accidents at work. Anyone within the premises is equally at risk, from employees to visitors, members of the public and contractors working in the area. The typical workplace insurances an employer carries will cover only part of the costs of recompensing accident victims for their injuries, so the expense of legal action resulting from such an accident can be extensive. Then, there are the costs of lost production while individuals are off sick recovering from their injuries, not to mention damage done to the company’s reputation if such matters are reported in the press, for instance. The importance of installing safety vinyl flooring in areas identified as being at risk of slips and trips cannot, therefore, be underestimated. The first step in determining the type of flooring that should be installed into a workplace area is to assess the possible risk. Consider all possible hazards, from damaged or uneven floors to areas such as kitchens or washrooms that are likely to be subject to spillages. Next, think about who uses that area: are some groups more vulnerable than others? In a care home, for instance, the elderly might be more at risk than their carers. Assess the flooring currently in place and whether this sufficiently mitigates possible slips, trips or falls. You may need to consider installing specialist commercial flooring in new areas, for instance; or replacing worn or damaged vinyl safety flooring in others.

An Overview Of How Commercial Safety Flooring Works

Regulations and standards are in place to specify the types of commercial safety flooring that must be installed in areas used by staff and the public where risks include spillages and surface wetness. The term used to classify and measure the conformity of safety flooring to these standards is ‘slip resistance’. This refers to the surface’s ability to increase the level of friction between the floor and the foot, and is achieved by the inclusion of safety particles and aggregates within the floor’s composition. When water, for example, is spilled onto a floor, this create a ‘squeeze film’ between the foot and floor. On a smooth, non-porous surface, this increases slip risks considerably. The inclusion of the particles, though, creates enough of an uneven surface between the two to break up the squeeze film and allows a firmer contact between foot and floor covering, thus helping to prevent slips. If you are looking for bathroom safety flooring, for instance, or flooring for another area that is habitually wet, then the relevant European standard to look for is EN 13845. This guarantees that the floor covering in question has been extensively tested for performance, durability and longevity. A flooring complying with EN 13845 will typically include safety particles and aggregates throughout its thickness, not solely on the surface. This means the covering will maintain its performance throughout its lifecycle, even as the flooring wears down over time. Safety flooring for bathrooms and all other rooms is a complex area and you need guidance from an expert supplier in choosing the right product for your environment. Bainton Flooring can assist.

Purchase Safety Flooring From Bainton Flooring To Ensure You Get The Best

If you need specialised safety flooring, then you need the expertise of a company that has advised on and installed flooring across a range of industries and has experience of the demands of workplaces of all types. Bainton Flooring is a specialist flooring contractors which has been in operation for over 50 years, serving both commercial and residential clients. Our staff are all highly trained and will help you choose the right flooring for your project. For more information, view our website at http://www.baintonflooring.co.uk. Then, to organise a site survey and quotation, simply call us on (+44) 01202 513985 or complete our online form. One of our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible.