It’s common to consider industries high-risk due to the risk factors at play. Some industrial-level risk factors include spills and trip hazards. A good flooring solution should minimize such risk factors and enhance productivity.
A rubber floor is an excellent choice for industrial use because it is affordable and significantly reduces risk. Rubber flooring is an option that combines the durability of concrete with the comfort and traction of a carpet.
Rubber is also an eco-friendly flooring and doesn’t trap moisture, making it a healthier alternative to other flooring solutions.
Here are more benefits of rubber as an industrial flooring material.
1. Prevents Slips, Trips, and Falls
Industrial areas are hazardous, especially for employees. The majority of workplace injuries occur due to minor accidents and account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace.
The rubber material is excellent in preventing accidents due to its natural traction. Bare surface concrete floor can be slippery when wet. Rubber flooring, however, allows spillage to seep through, reducing the chances of a slip or fall.
With rubber flooring, employees can work without the fear of accidents or falls. Some rubber floors come with protrusion patterns that further increase the friction with foot soles. The textured surfaces provide a sure footing for employees when working daily.
2. Provides Better Foot Comfort & Overall Health
Employee health is a top priority in any workplace.
Industrial work involves walking around and standing on the cold hard floor for extended periods. The physical demands of an industrial site can cause headaches and fatigue in the joints and ankles.
Rubber flooring provides crucial anti-fatigue cushioning properties essential for assembly lines. Employees working on a rubber floor will appreciate the comfort of a rubber, which increases blood circulation.
The soft texture of rubber makes it the preferable choice to relieve stress on employees’ feet, backs, and legs. A rubber floor is a cost-effective solution for employers to reduce employee turnover and insurance premiums.
3. Prevents Floor and Equipment Damage
Rubber is a natural shock absorber. Rubber offers floor protection against sharp or heavy equipment and fragile equipment damage.
Industrial machines often release vibrations and shocks when in use. Concrete and wood are rigid and cannot absorb shock.
Non-absorbent flooring materials rebound the vibrations, compromising the integrity of machinery over time. Placing rubber mats under the equipment helps dispel vibrations and dampen any noise from the machinery.
Rubber flooring is ideal for various applications, including commercial kitchens and gyms. Rubber flooring not only protects your investment but also helps your equipment last longer.
4. Is Heat, Water, and Chemical Resistant
Rubber flooring is ideal where heat, water, and chemicals can easily affect the final product or service delivered.
Industrial machinery tends to release heat when operating. Silicone rubber is heat resistant and excellent for high-temperature applications. Silicone rubber can withstand temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius.
Water in the winter may damage wooden or carpet flooring. The water-resistant properties of rubber help keep moisture off. A rubber floor helps prevent the growth of mildew and mold that would otherwise grow on a carpeted floor.
EPDM Rubber (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a chemical-resistant rubber. EPDM flooring resists corrosion against common industrial elements such as grease chemicals. EPDM rubber is low-maintenance and a desirable solution for most business owners.
There is no reason not to invest in rubber flooring, given the numerous benefits to employees and the business owner. The plastic flooring design can mimic any natural rock or stone you want. Plus, manufacturers can mold the flooring into any shape creating a unique look for your industrial interior. Furthermore, rubber floors come with varying thicknesses according to your budget.
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