18 CLEAN OPERATIONS
the material used on the flooring you select.
Having a detailed conversation about your
operation is critical to making a wise selection.
If there are chemicals in your work environment, there are some possible solutions. For
example, resistance to certain chemicals such
as solvents or acids. Vinyl is resistant to many
chemicals and is generally a good choice.
Rubber is good for other chemicals like chlorinated solvents.
If possible, get a sample of the flooring that
you are considering and be sure to test it against
the chemicals that you have in your area.
Do you require special slip resistance?
Obviously, you want to select a tile with ESD qualities and slip resistance. Some environments may
need greater slip resistance. If your facility requires
a greater level of slip resistance, then you will want
to steer clear of slick materials like epoxies. Seek out
products that provide more secure footing. Tiles that
utilize a coin-top texture offer better slip resistance.
Do you require comfort, ergonomic, or anti-fatigue
properties in cleanroom/lab flooring?
Quite simply, some floorings are better than
others for humans to stand on for long periods
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