December 2015

Safe now, but not later: the importance of sustained slip resistance




Most tests don’t tell the whole story
 
Safety flooring may meet slip resistance standards when first installed, but some products aren’t made to last. Be it five years, two years or even less than a year later, damage and contamination can decimate flooring’s slip resistance.
 
Most standards only test products fresh from the factory – meaning products are evaluated with factory finishes that benefit slip resistance but can wear away over time. United States slip resistance test standards aren’t the most accurate, as they only measure dry results, not wet. This does not account for real world conditions, as most slips happen on wet, contaminated surfaces. Therefore, we test our products to US, UK and European standards.
 
To better simulate years of wear and tear, we test our floors with the SATRA Pedatron Test.1 Using a shoe, the Pedatron measures the effect of one million steps over a confined area of flooring. Slip resistance is tested before and after, and many products’ results remain the same.
 
Qualities of flooring with sustained slip resistance:
It’s in the particles

 
Flooring with slip resistance particles throughout ensures slip resistance will not wear down quickly. Products with embossed surfaces or topical coating all wear away over time - initially meeting standards but failing later. This leaves users at greater risk and site owners vulnerable to claims.
 
All our slip resistant flooring is produced with those slip resistance particles, so you have no fear of the slip resistance fading away before next year. We take sustained slip resistance so seriously that we tested a floor installed 35 years ago, and, even at 35 years old, the results came back the same as a brand new Altro slip resistant floor.
 
If you are involved in specifying flooring, even if you’re planning to install the same type of flooring again, you have an obligation to ensure the safety of those using that building – now and in the future.

1 See the SATRA Pedatron test in action here

 
Posted: 12/14/2015 4:37:44 PM by Lea Charnley | with 0 comments

Altro Floors announce acquisition of Debolon in Germany

Richard Kahn, Chief Executive of Altro, has today announced to its staff, customers and suppliers, the acquisition of Debolon, manufacturer of premium vinyl flooring based in Dessau, Germany.

This acquisition is fully aligned to our Company Purpose, our core values and fully supports our Company vision and strategy.

Both Altro and Debolon have very similar family cultures where its staff, its customers and its suppliers are a key focus. Sustainability, innovation, quality and customer relationships are central ideals in both businesses. Coming together in Germany will mean that we can offer an even wider product portfolio and choices to our customers, incorporating higher design flooring and hygienic walling systems.

With increased levels of support and wider availability of local stock, we believe this will provide an enhanced customer experience.

Altro is a UK based manufacturing company, selling premium flooring and hygienic walling systems for the construction and transport markets globally. They are family owned and run since 1919.

Debolon is a German based manufacturing company selling premium vinyl flooring globally to the construction market. They are family owned and were founded in 1929.

Posted: 12/17/2015 1:32:59 PM by Lea Charnley | with 0 comments

ALFA is now Argentum

The Assisted Living Federation of America has rebranded.

The Assisted Living Federation of America is now known as Argentum.

As of Dec. 1 they launched the new name, as well as a new logo to match their expanded direction, priorities and focus. CEO James Balda stated, “Our brand transformation better represents where the industry is today as well as our vision for the future.”

Argentums mission remains, to increase the visibility and acceptance of senior living as an option that people choose, not just need.

To learn more visit the Argentum website.

Posted: 12/15/2015 7:43:16 PM by Lea Charnley | with 0 comments