Safety factors to consider when deciding on commercial flooring

Just one accident can cost you thousands in worker’s compensation and litigation.

Safe commercial flooring that meets OSHA and ASTM Standards is well worth the time and effort, ensuring the safety and comfort of employees and patrons alike – along with saving possible legal and public relations worries.  

Slip resistance

For floors that will see traffic from people and large machinery, slip resistant flooring is a great investment, especially if your buildings house water, grease, oil or other slippery substances. 

OSHA recommends a minimum slip resistance of .6 Static Coefficient of Friction (SCoF), so picking floors with this value is ideal. 

Fire resistance

In the majority of fires, the flame spreads over and across the floor. If the flooring does not meet or exceed flammability standards it could enable acceleration of the flame. By regulatory standards your flooring should be able to stop a flame a certain distance from its origin.  The industry accepted standard for measuring this is the Critical Radiant Flux test, or ASTM E648. Products should achieve a result of .44 watts/sq cm or higher.  

Indentation resistance

Your floor’s static load limit – measured in PSI – determines the load it can bear before being damaged, and the amount needed is dependent on the area type. As a general rule, Altro recommends flooring with static load limits over 1,000 PSI. Keep in mind that heavier pedestrian traffic areas, such as busy school corridors, may require flooring with higher static load limits.

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Posted: 12/16/2016 4:06:08 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments