Food and Drink Industry
Food manufacturing environments are exposed to a wide variety of corrosive by-products and contaminants including fats, hot oils, blood, sugar solutions and natural food acids - all of which can deteriorate insufficiently robust surfaces in a clean zone, resulting in uncontrolled bacterial growth and putting the site at risk of contamination incidents.
To ensure the sanitary integrity of the production area it is essential to have a floor finish that facilitates fast and effective cleaning to wash all contaminants out of the area. To achieve this the floor needs to be seamless and impervious as well as pitched to a fall and have coving and stainless steel drainage incorporated into the finish. All of these flooring properties need to be maintained for an extended period of time despite the inevitable chemical attack, thermal shock, physical impacts and intense wear that a large-scale food manufacturing facility will inflict on the floor.
Many food processing environments are prone to wet working conditions, for example in fish processing or dairy facilities. To avoid painful slips and trips the floor can be textured to enhance traction underfoot and make it safer for workers moving around on-site.