Hygienic and Safe: Best Floor Coving for the Food Industry
The food industry is tough on keeping the risk of food contamination low. It all boils down to managing hygiene and safety procedures.
Strict regulations govern every aspect of the storage, processing and preparation of food. That includes all aspects of the industrial or commercial environment of food facilities.
Flooring in these facilities also has to meet a rigorous list of criteria and standards.
Compliance with the food safety management system known as HACCP is essential. Meeting the food hygiene requirements set by the UK Environmental Health Department is also key.
As resin flooring contractors. UltraSyntec knows every square inch of the flooring business. The company designs durable industrial resin flooring solutions to meet these exacting standards.
The success of our resin and polyurethane seal and coatings is due in part to our trained, skilled workforce and our methods.
Floor coving complements several types of industrial flooring preparations. Read on to find out how.
Coving is basically the wall to floor finish. It provides a seamless, impervious connection between the floor and the wall, or other vertical surface, as shown in this image.
The idea behind coving is to create “one surface” out of the two existing ones – the floor and the wall.
Coving eliminates cracks and bacteria growth and is easy to clean and maintain. It also meets the regulatory requirements mentioned above.
There are various types of covings. We use the most suitable one for each of the four different FeRFA floor systems, seals and coatings that UltraSyntec recommends.
The four types of flooring to which coving is most commonly applied are FeRFA Types 5–8. We will discuss each of these types briefly below.
FeRFA, in case you are wondering, is the Resin Flooring Association. It represents the major UK product manufacturers, specialist contractors, suppliers and service providers within the resin flooring, screeding and surface preparation industries.
The organisation also offers NVQs (National Vocation Qualifications) and associated training.
FeRFA liaises regularly with BSI and other standards and certifying bodies both within the UK and abroad.
FeRFA Type 5 – Flow Applied Flooring
The typical thickness of this self-smoothing flooring is 2–3mm and is available in either polyurethane or epoxy.
It is suitable for the medium-to-light range of heavy duty environments in the food and beverage industry.
Its advantages include good resistance to impact damage and chemical damage. It withstands temperatures of between –5ºC and +40ºC.
Its naturally smooth surfaces available in either gloss or matt finish makes it extremely hygienic.
Dry silica sand can be added to a seal coat for additional slip-resistance.
FeRFA Type 6 – Resin Screed Flooring
Epoxy screed is a trowel-land liquid resin and aggregate blend. The finish is a smooth-texture surface over which two resin seals are normally applied to create a tough floor that is easy to clean.
Silica sand is used in the seal coats to apply slip-resistance if required.
This application is intended for production and storage areas in the engineering and aerospace industries which experience heavy duty traffic.
Coving is used in such environments to provide a seamless surface that is easy to clean.
FeRFA Type 7 – Heavy Duty Flowable Flooring
Heavy duty flowable flooring is a resin liquid screed mixed with fine sand that forms a self-levelling compound.
It is laid to a thickness of around 3–5mm depending on how rough the pre-existing floor is.
After a 12-hour curing period, the finish gives a smooth matt surface.
Working temperatures for this product can be as low as –10⁰C or as high as 60⁰C.
FeRFA Type 7 has very good impact resistance and the surface is easy to clean.
The surface can be cleaned using a pressure washer at high temperature.
This product is best suited in environments that experience heavy duty traffic such as food and beverage facilities, restaurants and commercial kitchens.
Seamless floor systems are essential for restaurants, kitchens and food and beverage facilities. They are crucial to ensure compliance with health and safety standards. They also make sense as regards industry best practice.
Particular care is taken to ensure the best choice of floor coving for the facility in question.
FeRFA Type 8 – Heavy Duty Resin Flooring
This heavy-duty floor screed is a liquid and dense aggregate mix that forms an extremely hard wearing screed.
This system is hand-laid by trowel to a thickness of between 6mm and 9mm. As with FeRFA Type 7, the thickness depends on the pre-existing surface, as well as what the floor will be used for.
Curing usually takes 12–24 hours, depending on air temperature. The finish is a flat textured surface that has excellent slip-resistant and an overall density strength of >50ⁿ₂mm.
This density strength is the same as that of power floated concrete.
The FeRFA Type 8 system has excellent impact resistance. It is ideal for the toughest working environments,
The image at the following link shows the hard-wearing, slip-resistant floor laid in a project to provide a durable surface to a high-tech food plant in Halifax. The photograph of the completed floor gives a good example of the preformed floor cove installed.
The project was undertaken in conjunction with Sikafloor. The client required a smooth, durable floor, capable of resisting heavy loading, abrasion and chemical exposure.
Floor coving is often used to ensure maximum resistance to abrasion and chemical exposure. In the case of the Halifax food processing facility, coving was required as appropriate for a floor space totalling 1,562m2. That’s a lot of coving!
FeRFA Type 8 can be steam cleaned. This is a sought-after characteristic where a strict hygiene regime is critical.
This heavy-duty resin screed is used most often in food and beverage and restaurant/kitchen environments subject to heavy duty traffic.
Another example of floor coving providing a seamless surface can be found at this olive processing plant where an extension to existing premises was commissioned.
As can be seen from the above examples, floor coving is an essential component of any resin flooring system. Floor coving has a dual purpose. It acts as a seal between the floor and wall. It also provides a seamless surface to facilitate cleaning. Both are essential to maintain hygiene and safety in the food and beverage industries.
All UltraSyntec slip-resistant surfaces conform to British Standards. Perhaps your facilities require refurbishment before your next inspection. Perhaps you are at the exciting stage of planning a new build. Whatever the case, please contact us to discuss your flooring and hygiene & safety requirements.
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