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The Five Key Elements of a Safe Flooring Applicator

According to Safe Work Australia almost half (49%) of injured workers in the construction industry were employed as technicians and trades workers at the time of their injuries.

To help support health & safety initiatives across the flooring industry, we’ve launched a new infographic for National Safe Work Month called Anatomy of a Flooring Applicator.

The Five Key Elements of a Safe Flooring Applicator

In this infographic we’ve identified the five key elements of a safe flooring applicator, which are:

1) Knowledge 

Not all resin systems require the same application method. Before commencing an installation, flooring applicators should have a good knowledge and understanding of how that particular system is laid. Epoxy, polyurethane and methyl methacrylate (MMA) systems all feature various chemical compositions and react differently.

2) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All flooring applicators should be wearing appropriate PPE to reduce the risk of an injury on site. PPE requirements for each component should be detailed on the Safety Data Sheets. Common PPE required for the application of resin flooring systems includes safety goggles, respirators with filters, impervious solvent resistance gloves and high visibility clothing.

3) Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

It is important that Flooring Applicators have copies of all SDS’s on site. These documents will aid them in dealing with any hazards that arise. An estimated 22% of injury claims in the three years between 2010–11 to 2012–13 resulted from materials or substances.

4) Appropriate Footwear

Safety and steel cap footwear are standard on construction work sites. This safety footwear can help prevent workers from foot injury, slips and chemical exposure. Often these types of shoes are suitable for a flooring installation, however some flooring systems also require speciality footwear such as spike shoes. Spike shoes not only prevent damage to the floor coating, they also help provide traction for the applicator.

5) Correct Equipment

Between 2010–11 to 2012–13 – 24% of injury claims involved non-powered hand tools, appliances and equipment. From rollers and squeegees to trowels, a flooring applicator will use a variety of non-powered and powered tools on site. A safe flooring applicator should be well equipped with both the right tools and the appropriate training to use them safely.

If you need further information on how to stay safe during the application of a resin floor, then contact us by clicking here and make sure to stay up-to-date with the latest safety information on Safe Work Australia’s website.

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Ilona Osborne

Ilona Osborne is the Marketing Manager at Flowcrete Australia - a leading manufacturer of seamless resin floor solutions. In this role Ilona leads the regional marketing efforts in Australia and New Zealand to engage with construction professionals and to provide them with insights and information on resin flooring.

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