Safety flooring refers to flooring that prevents slips, falls, and trips at home and the workplace. It is especially useful to have in a house with small to young children. Most accidents at offices and workplaces happen primarily due to slipping and tripping. The resultant fallout could be anything from broken wrists and bones, to whiplash, and severe shock and trauma. These accidents can be traumatic to the person getting injured and can damage the reputation of the company.
Accidents at the workplace, retail outlets, hospitals, and commercial kitchens can result in loss of productive time, fines, damages paid, court cases, inspections from government health and safety officers and so on.
The reason for many of these situations is unsafe floors. Floors that tend to make people slip, trip, and fall should not be installed at workplaces. Professional contractors can install safety flooring to ensure that your employees are protected from such mishaps at all times. Ensuring their well-being can benefit your company in the long term.
Let us look at how safety flooring works and what its benefits are.
How does it work?
Safety flooring works on a feature called slip resistance. Slip resistance flooring increases the friction between the floor and the foot. An increase in friction helps prevent slipping. In workplaces with high footfall or where spillages occur daily, slip-resistant flooring is installed.
Every floor has wet or dry contaminants. These contaminants create a film on the surface and decrease the friction between the floor and the foot causing people to slip and fall over. Wet contaminants like water, oils, paints, and other liquids need only 1 to 2 mm thickness to create a friction-reduced surface. Dry contaminants like dust, small grain particles, sand, and so on fill the natural spaces in floors and can create a smooth surface. These flat surfaces are responsible for a majority of accidents across the globe.
An increase in floor friction is brought about by the use of aggregators and particles already present in the flooring like recycled natural aggregates, quartz, aluminium, and silicon carbide.
When water falls to the floor, the friction between the floor and foot disappears causing people to slip and fall. However, with the help of slip resistance, the aggregators create a roughness that helps the foot find purchase on the floor and prevent slipping.
Benefits of Safety Flooring:
Safety flooring is sturdy and does not wear and tear over time. Made to withstand high traffic in places like hospitals, retail spaces, and offices, safety flooring is extremely durable in the long term. Flooring options like vinyl can be recommended for frequent use. With different patterns, colors, and designs available, vinyl is a fantastic choice for safety flooring.
Another good choice for hospitals in rubberised flooring to help patients and sick people get a sure footing in corridors. For swimming pools and other areas with excess water, rubber flooring is ideal since it prevents slipping and protects patrons in the long term. At homes, places like the backyard, bathrooms, kitchens, and so on can benefit significantly from the use of hard wearing safety floors.
Safety flooring is more hygienic than other floors. Since it is non-porous, it is the easiest to maintain and does not get spoiled with spillage from drinks, paints, and so on in gyms, elderly care facilities, hospitals, and child care centres. Easy to clean, safety flooring is a must to maintain the health and hygiene. Hygienic safety flooring should be installed in kitchens and bathrooms to prevent the spread of bacteria and mould.
Children ten to pick up a lot of germs in muddy and sandy play areas. Sometimes, kids play too rough and can also hurt themselves. In this case, due to the unhygienic conditions of the playground, children may get nasty infections and fall violently ill. Safety flooring prevents bacteria and insects simply because it is not conducive to the growth of these organisms. Rubber safety flooring for children helps insulate against hard falls, and also protects them from rodents, insects, and unhygienic conditions.
Safety flooring is marketed not only for its safety benefits but also for its aesthetic appeal. Easily made into the shapes, thickness, colour, designs, and patterns that you choose, safety flooring is ideal for children in playgrounds, older adults, and in hospitals. Safety flooring can also be made with marker indicators to guide people and floor markers for children in play areas.
Be sure to check out a great range of safety flooring options at IB Flooring.