Industrial and Manufacturing Flooring Systems
Safety and durability are two primary concerns for the flooring systems installed in plants, factories, and other industrial settings. Facilities used for manufacturing need flooring that is highly-durable, reliable, and abrasion resistant. The surface needs to be practical, easy to clean, and compliant with all worker safety guidelines and regulations. Epoxy, polyurethane, and other resinous floor coatings can provide a durable, safe, and hygienic flooring system when installed on correctly prepared concrete slabs.
Concrete alone is rarely sufficient, as it easily chips and cracks. It is also porous, making it vulnerable to water damage, and allowing spilled substances to contaminate the substrate. Over time, unfinished concrete will wear under traffic and can produce a dust that is harmful to humans when inhaled. Epoxy and other resinous flooring systems are installed as a liquid, resulting in a seamless, durable surface that is protected against wear and tear.
Maintaining Worker Safety with Customizable Floors
One of the most important elements of helping to protect worker safety through flooring is slip resistance. Slippery floors can lead to falls that can cause serious injuries, and the floor itself is the first line of defense against these accidents. In some settings, static control can also be an important safety factor. Furthermore, OSHA and other regulatory bodies establish rules for how a space must be laid out, utilized, and labeled, in the effort to keep employees as safe as possible. As a result, it may be necessary to designate different areas using a different type of flooring, or to include colored boundaries, markings or directional text within the floor itself, drawing attention to potential hazards.
Fortunately, epoxy flooring and related systems are highly customizable, allowing for a wide range of both practical and aesthetic features. With a wide variety of color and design options, when installed by a professional contractor, a high-quality flooring system can be both function and attractive. Oldstone Coatings is proud to offer a broad spectrum of innovative resinous flooring solutions to meet the demands of manufacturing and other industrial settings.
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