From kitchens and employee locker rooms to laundry rooms and storage, back-of-house spaces should provide staff with a safe and comfortable environment. Slip resistance is especially crucial in kitchen and laundry room areas where liquid contaminants are more common and can become safety hazards. Flooring products with ample cushion underfoot are important for back-of-house spaces as they can potentially reduce fatigue in employees standing for long periods.
Kitchen walls and surfaces must adhere to strict hygiene standards to ensure the safety of guests and staff. While quarry tile and epoxy alternatives are typical in these settings, they are not necessarily efficient. Both of these options are susceptible to cracking and chipping that can harbor harmful bacteria while simultaneously increasing the risk of slip and fall accidents. To make matters worse, FRP panels used to cover kitchen walls can break upon impact and produce airborne glass fibers that can potentially land in a guest’s food for drink.
Combining slip-resistant flooring with impact-resistant wall panels, Altro offers hotel kitchens a fully integrated system to create a safe, hygienic environment for both food and personnel. We have specifically designed our safety flooring and wall protection to address common kitchen issues including accidents, contamination, cleaning and maintenance. Altro Stronghold 30 registers our highest available slip resistance rating, while Altro Puraguard’s hygienic PVC surface prevents wall damage from moving carts, bumps and dings.
Employee areas can refer to any room that is accessible only to staff members. Break rooms, locker rooms and storage spaces are all included in this category. Employee break rooms and locker rooms require slip-resistant surfaces that are easy to clean and maintain. Brighter palettes rather than neutral colors are especially helpful in these areas in terms of increasing morale among staff. Available in 41 versatile shades, Altro Symphonia smooth flooring can help communicate brand identity while keeping employees safe.
Storage areas can afford to sacrifice aesthetics for increased safety. In these applications, particularly those where liquid contaminants can appear, utilize finishes with higher slip resistance and additional padding in the event of an accident.
In computer and server rooms, flooring with a static dissipative finish is essential to avoid static buildup that can potentially damage electronics. We recommend Altro Walkway 20 SD, the anti-static variation of our popular Altro Walkway 20 slip-resistant flooring range.