When the safety and integrity of your business is on the line, it’s a given that you address any concerns immediately and resolve problems before they get out of hand. In the food and beverage industry, questionable flooring could lead to substantial problems for owners and managers. The dangers lurking in deteriorating floors far exceed a negative first impression. Flooring hazards can result in safety violations and environmental contamination with wide-spread consequences.
Most food and beverage industries must either repair or replace their commercial flooring every seven to ten years. Depending on the reliability of the system, this could be even sooner. If your floor is beginning to wear, there are several tell-tale signs you should never ignore.
When constructing a commercial or industrial freezer, it’s always been important to think in terms of health and safety – and it’s even more important with the coronavirus still spreading around the country. Your industrial freezer must be as safe and free from contamination as possible, both for your sake, as well as the sake of any customers or visitors.
One of the most important factors in creating a safe commercial freezer is the choice of flooring. Too many operations choose traditional tile-and-grout floors for their freezer, but this will cause a lot of problems. Resinous coatings are a much better option!
One of the biggest challenges in designing a hospital is the vast array of spaces which need to be created, maintained, and often prevented from contaminating other areas of the facility. The different areas of a hospital require vastly different solutions based on how each individual space will be used.
Flooring is a key element that needs to be addressed from a hospital or medical center’s initial design or renovation project. Whether patient rooms, common areas, surgical centers, storage\receiving space, the IT center, or mixed use spaces, virtually every individual area may require different flooring solutions.
Cold storage systems create unique challenges when trying to choose the right commercial or industrial floor. The flooring solution will need to be able to handle the freezing temperatures without weakening or cracking, and will have to maintain a hygienic environment that doesn’t endanger the goods being stored. For instance, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies and the storage for the new COVID-19 vaccine in mass production, is requiring cold storage for warehousing prior to transport and distribution. This is a challenging combination, however various types of resinous coatings can give you a durable and compliant cold storage room floor system.
When installing proper commercial or industrial floors, an attention to detail is key to ensuring that the floor functions properly for years to come. One detail which can often be overlooked, or implemented improperly, is the coving. Despite often being regarded as little more than a finishing touch, proper coves are a necessity – and sometimes, a legal requirement.
What Is Coving?
Coving is the technique of installing small barriers lining the edges of a floor where it meets the wall (referred to as coves). Coves are generally rounded 45-degree angles which slope upwards, preventing a hard 90-degree angle where floor and wall meet.
Ok, let’s state the obvious – no one likes paying for repairs. There’s no profit in repair jobs, and most people feel like it’s a “band aid” solution. However the reality is, nothing can be further from the truth. Ignoring those “minor” problems will cost you down the road. Small problems typically result in big ticket expenses when you least expect it.
Who cares about a small crack in the floor, or a peeling tile, or an uneven spot? They’re so easy to overlook – until they cause problems. And we’ve seen just what happens when business owners and facility managers don’t sweat the small stuff.
Do your workers frequently handle liquids? Do you have a shop such as a grocery store where spills will be common? Do you find yourself having to deal with a large number of slip-and-fall accidents?
If so, then it’s time for new flooring – anti-slip flooring. Epoxy coatings can be formulated to give workers extra grip, even on wet floors, which will greatly reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents at your workplace. These anti-slip epoxy floorings are affordable to install, long-lasting, and perfect for a wide variety of business types.
In the long-run, they can easily save you money, making anti-slip flooring an excellent investment.
If you suffered a chemical leak within your facilities, would your floor be able to keep it from becoming an environmental issue?
The Environmental Protection Agency has strict regulations on the handling of any chemicals that might potentially leak into the ground, or the groundwater. These can impact even businesses not traditionally seen as being polluting. For example, large batteries – such as those used in electric forklifts – must be stored in a location capable of withstanding a catastrophic battery acid leak. If a leak occurs, and the acid makes it into the soil, that company is going to be in for a very bad time.
Whether you are designing or building a new facility handling contaminated materials, toxic fluids, dilute detergent, or other dangerous liquids, or have a current property with corrosive chemicals on site, your security protocols are only as strong as your secondary containment system.
Secondary containment can be relied upon in the case that your primary containment is breached, and in many instances, is required to pass OSHA and EPA regulations when inspected. It should also be noted that few in the concrete and coatings industry have the expertise and the licensure to complete such industrial jobs so it’s important to seek out those with the proper credentials.
Passed in 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gave the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sweeping new powers to oversee and regulate the production of food within the United States. This was in direct response to a rising number of cases involving tainted food, traced back to its processing plants of origin.
In short, the FSMA holds food producers directly responsible for maintaining clean facilities and deploying best scientific practices to reduce the chances of foodborne illnesses. Along with new regulations on production, the FDA also received enhanced powers to directly inspect facilities and test the products being created.