Safety flooring is an essential in many commercial environments. This floor reduces the risk of slips when the surface is contaminated. That’s why it’s ideal for use in kitchens, restaurants, nursing homes or other environments where there’s a danger of substances creating a slip hazard.
How Does Safety Flooring Work?
An easy mistake is to refer to this type of flooring as non-slip. However, safety flooring is better described as being able to significantly reduce the risk of slips when a substance is on the floor. For example, if water spills on the floor, anyone who walks over it should not slip and fall.
What Is Safety Flooring Made From?
Most safety floors are made of vinyl. It usually comes on a roll and is cut to fit the size of the room. It’s best used in any environment where moisture and humidity are likely to come in contact with the floor. This could be a healthcare setting, food preparation area, vets clinic, sports hall, school or any other area where you want to prevent slips.
What Other Benefits Does This Flooring Have?
Safety flooring is easy to clean. You simply need to mop or wipe the surface with an appropriate cleaning product, and ensure it’s given plenty of time to dry. Because it’s so easy to clean, it’s less likely to harbour moulds or bacteria. Therefore, it’s easier to maintain clinical levels of hygiene with a special safety flooring.
It’s also very durable. Because these floors are almost exclusively used in medium to high traffic areas where the floor is likely to come into contact with contaminants, they’re engineered to be very hardwearing. This means that after installation, it should last for many years to come. This makes it a cost-effective solution in the long run.
A Sensible Choice For The Workplace
Because employers are liable for some workplace injuries, safety flooring is a very sensible choice. The UK has regulations that dictate that workplaces should have floors that are ‘suitable, in good condition and free from obstruction’. Non-compliance could result in injury, which can then lead to legal action from anyone who is injured.
For Safety Flooring, Choose Direct Carpets & Curtains
We specialise in fitting all manner of flooring. Our team can remove any existing flooring on your premises and fit a new, slip-resistant safety flooring in a short amount of time. To discuss your options, give us a call today. A member of our team would be happy to help you.