How PVC Warehouse Flooring Can Help You Comply With HSE Regulations
The main purpose of HSE regulations in the workplace is to ensure the prevention of injuries, illnesses and deaths and make the workplace a safer environment for all.
Business owners have a legal duty to comply with The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 to ‘ensure as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees’. The right kind of warehouse flooring can help make the workplace not only safer but also more comfortable for workers.
Thermal Comfort require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.
Employees have the right to work at a comfortable temperature: neither too hot nor too cold. This can be achieved with proper ventilation and heating, access to fresh air and reduced glare from direct sunlight.
PVC warehouse flooring can help control the atmospheric conditions and provide a more comfortable environment in the following ways:
- Insulated flooring provides warmth on colder floors, helping to maintain a desired ambient temperature. It also helps to reduce noise pollution in the workplace.
- We choose to manufacture our floors from PVC as it is comfortable to walk on and reduces the fatigue of workers who are constantly on their feet.
- The polished finish helps to reduce sunlight glare while its light-reflecting properties increase visibility and therefore, warehouse safety.
- PVC flooring can help improve the air quality by reducing damp and dust in the atmosphere.
Under HSE regulations, employers must carry out regular and up-to-date fire safety risk assessments. They must also ensure that the building is equipped with fire resistant materials and equipment to reduce the spread of a fire.
PVC warehouse flooring is fire resistant and because it releases less combustion heat than other plastic floor coverings, will also help prevent fire from spreading.
We also manufacture ESD flooring to prevent electrostatic damage to components and protect workers from electric shocks in vulnerable areas such as electrical sub-assembly points and hazardous material areas.
In warehouses where heavy vehicles and forklift trucks are frequently used, the flooring must be durable and suitable for heavy loads. Demarcation areas must also be clearly signed to ensure the safe segregation of pedestrians and vehicles.
Most PVC flooring is extremely durable and incredibly hard wearing. It can support heavy loads and can withstand constant traffic movement. Ecotile work hard to ensure that our PVC tiles can be customised and are available in different colours so that our customers are able to create clear demarcation zones and walkways.
For enquiries into our warehouse flooring range, contact Ecotile flooring specialists today, or visit us online for more information.
Lucinda O’Reilly, Exports & Marketing Director is an integral part of the team that has grown Ecotile Flooring in to the successful manufacturing business it is today. Over the last 20 years she has successfully employed her skills in sales and marketing to ensure Ecotile Flooring is recognised as the market leading manufacturer of PVC interlocking floor tiles. Lucinda’s love of travel means the Ecotile brand is dominant all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and India.
To ensure compliance with export regulations Lucinda has gained accreditations from the Chamber of Commerce in Incoterms & Export Licence Controls and Export Procedures & Documentation and has completed the Institute of Export course on Incoterms 2020. She is a member of the Institute of Export, was a finalist in the Natwest Open to Export competition in 2018 and was instrumental in Ecotile Flooring winning a Queen’s Enterprise for International Trade in 2017. Lucinda has recently been interviewed by BBC News and Channel 4 News for her insights on Brexit and is an Export Champion for the Department for International Trade.