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ANSI Safety Standards Reduce Slip and Fall Accidents


According to studies conducted by CNA Insurance, slip and fall accidents account for 61% of all claims and 53% of total claim costs for businesses with retail or public-facing areas.  How can business owners or custodial operations managers know the condition of their floors and prevent slip and fall accidents? It's easy!  You can use the formal safety standards governing floor safety published by the American National Standards Institute. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with the...

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Top 10 Slip and Fall Risk Factors You Should Know


The first step to reducing slip and fall accidents is identifying their causes!  Here's a list of the top ten most common causes of slip and fall accidents in commercial buildings that you should know: Flooring surface type.  Some types of flooring surfaces have coefficients of friction that vary immensely under different conditions!  Various types of tile flooring can be nice and grippy when dry, but as soon as it's wet it can become slicker than...

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Test Your Healthcare Floors to Check Safety Standard Compliance


Instituting proper cleaning procedures, mat programs and chemical use training will help to reduce or eliminate slips and falls in a healthcare facility. However, how can healthcare facility executives know for sure their floors are compliant with all national traction standards for patron and patient safety? The answer is to have the floors independently tested by a qualified auditor that utilizes ANSI national testing slip-and-fall safety standards. These testing standards quantify the traction requirements for pedestrian safety...

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5 Reasons Why LVT is Better Than Hardwood


Thinking about new flooring in your restaurant, coffee shop, grocery store, or farmer's market?  Do you love the warmth and look of wood, but are worried about how it will withstand such a demanding environment?  Don't worry - luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the answer you've been looking for!  Check out these top five reasons why LVT is better than hardwood for commercial flooring applications: Variety LVT comes in thousands and thousands of different colours, styles, and...

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What is “flat and smooth”?


Two of the most common words we use when describing an upcoming flooring job are "flat and smooth".  But what exactly does "flat and smooth" mean? The foremost rule of thumb when it comes to installed flooring is that whatever you start with is what you finish with - and that goes double for your subfloor prep work!  Whenever it's time to install a new floor into a space, the subfloor (that is, the unfinished flooring substrate...

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Commercial Luxury Vinyl Tile


Have you ever been in a coffee shop or supermarket and wondered how they could possible have hardwood floors in such a high-traffic, high-use environment? Commercial Luxury Vinyl Tile (or LVT for short) is their secret! Commercially-rated LVT offers the appearance and style of a wood floor, but with all the durability and resiliency of hard-wearing vinyl.  And luxury vinyl tile isn’t limited to just simulating wood!  LVT is available in a huge variety of colours, styles,...

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Posted August 22, 2014 in Flooring, Vinyl Tiles|0 Comments