Monthly Archives: December 2014

Rick Edsall

Dec 15, 2014

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Why Safety Striping is Important

When it comes to reducing workplace accidents, we all know that “safety first” is the motto of every business out there. But beyond the common preventions like hardhats and sturdy ladders, solutions for keeping the job site free from injury also start on the floor. One way businesses can insure their employees take necessary precautions to avoid an accident is by installing safety striping on their floors. Here are just a few things striping can do for your business.

It Keeps Floor Traffic In The Right Lane

Whether it’s a need to direct heavy forklift traffic on a factory floor or loading zones that require precise docking, safety striping can mean the difference between an accident and an efficient job. When you have multiple movement on the floor of your business it’s important to make sure everyone – and everything – stays in its proper lane. Especially in a place where both foot traffic and forklifts are involved, safety striping is the smart choice to make sure everyone on the floor stays within the correct boundary lines for their individual task.

It Keeps Floor Lanes Free Of Clutter

Commercial striping works to keep traffic lines clear of debris and obstacles, thus optimizing workflow. When there are no lines letting workers know what should and what should not be placed in a certain area, the jobsite can easily become cluttered. Having the right stripes in place can create smooth-flowing “traffic patterns” in the workplace.

It Provides The Right Directions

Safety striping not only serves to demarcate lanes of traffic for vehicles and forklifts, but can also be used to provide direction inside buildings of sizeable square footage. Just like on the highway, commercial safety striping not only keeps traffic moving within its proper lanes, but it also helps with providing direction to the right destination.

It Can Be Fun

Though workplace safety has a reputation for being rather boring, keeping the workplace moving forward safely and smoothly can also take on a creative edge. The common yellows and whites of safety lines can be exchanged for greens, purples, or many other colors, and distance markers can even be replaced with graphics of company logos or other custom graphics.

To Find Out More

For more information about how safety striping can help your workplace stay injury-free, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They are dedicated to making safety the top priority in your business, and have been serving the flooring needs of clients like you for nearly 25 years.

Rick Edsall

Dec 1, 2014

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Four Ways to be More Green

Today we all know the importance of going “green” and making sure that our businesses are as friendly to the environment as possible. Being eco-smart not only includes basic solutions like recycling and water conservation, but also using industrial flooring and coating options that will help your company be more effective at preserving the ecosystems in your area. Here are just a few ways the right flooring and coating options will ensure you stay green.

Finished Concrete Floors

As sustainability pioneers David Johnston and Scott Gibson point out in their book Green From the Ground Up, the most attractive feature of installing a finished concrete floor with high fly-ash content will probably be the money you’ll save by not installing wood flooring or carpet. But even beyond the lower cost, high fly-ash concrete is a recycled industrial byproduct, which is one way to ensure your business remains eco-friendly. Johnston and Gibson also point out that concrete, unlike carpet, won’t trap allergens, dust, and mold, which helps maintain high indoor air quality. 

Secondary Containment

If your facility deals with waste or hazardous chemicals, then you know that the EPA necessitates that you must have a secondary containment system in place to prevent unwanted ecological damage. These systems are designed to prevent any wastes or accumulated liquid from seeping into the concrete and thereby eventually reaching the soil, ground water, or surface water in case of an emergency spill or accident.

Knowledge is power when it comes to taking preventative measures, so if you’re not sure if your secondary containment system is meeting your current traffic and wear demands, or is in compliance with ISO 9000, OSHA, and USDA regulations, then you should schedule a consultation to make sure nearby soil and water will be kept safe should the undesirable happen.

Floor Corrosion

The problems of corrosive sulfuric acid are always present in treatment facilities and other industries that generate hazardous waste. When hydrogen sulfide gas reacts with oxygen, sulfuric acid forms, which can lead to all kinds of infrastructure problems. Acid will undermine portland concrete and create pock marks on concrete surfaces, leading to dangerous corrosion.

Even if you continually treat your flooring with reparative coatings, sulfuric acid and other acidic agents can eventually break down your flooring and other cement structures. This means that finding the right preventative coating solutions, as well as choosing the best sealing treatment for repair jobs, will be vitally important for the safety of your facility.

Tank Corrosion

Storage tanks are also prone to corrosion, so they need the right protective lining to keep unwanted and hazardous leaks from slowing down your business. Knowing about heavy-duty linings, solvent-free solid systems, and/or single-coat applications will ensure corrosion won’t be a problem eating you up at work! 

To learn more about how to make your business more eco-friendly, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They are a top industrial floor coating and surfacing company that has been serving clients for nearly 25 years.