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All work locations need to ensure they follow a certain amount of hygienic regulations but areas such as hospitals, food production, processing plants and laboratories are required to uphold a higher level of hygiene standards. The surrounding components which make up an area can help contribute to keeping it clean and hygienic. This is something that can be considered by facility managers and specifiers when building or refitting an area.

Bacteria will harbour in areas which cannot be cleaned appropriately, such as joints or crevasses, this can be an important factor to consider when it comes to specifying a flooring system. Many types of flooring are laid in sheets leaving joints, or they may have limits to the cleaning procedures which can be applied to them. Resin products provide ra seamless finish providing fewer places for bacteria to hide but, in addition, there are many other bespoke factors which resin formulas


can provide to enhance its hygienic properties.

Resuthane TG69, a water based polyurethane resin screed, is RSL’s leading product for food production and manufacturing areas. It is a self-sealing product which is stable for steam cleaning and resistant to boiling liquids up to a temperature of 100°c. These are important properties for environments which need to be kept clean and hygienic. Resuthane has been made with the same formula for over 12 years and provides one of the most credible histories in the industry. It has also been approved as a non –taint and food safe product by Campden BRI; the UK's largest independent organisation carrying out research and development for the food and drinks industry worldwide.

There are also a number of other systems within the Resuthane range which can provide alternative hygienic features. Resuthane JT40 is a cove and wall render which can be used in conjunction with TG69 to form a hygienic

Resuthane installed for Pepsi Cola in Russia

With the Government continuously enforcing stricter health and safety laws, it is important that all of the influencing factors which can help contribute towards a clean and hygienic environment are considered. To help, RSL manufacture and promote the ideal flooring solution for areas in need of cleanliness and hygiene.

Blakemore Butchers, where some RSL products have been used.

cove detail around the perimeter or upstands of the floor and wall.

Another product which RSL would recommend where maximum hygiene is required would be Resuflor; this has been supplied for over 25 years and is the first choice for many customers working in laboratories, hospitals and the educational sectors. Resuflor is a self- smoothing resin with outstanding wearing properties and chemical resistance and does not support bacteria or fungal growth. Resuflor is available in a range of colours and a decorative finish can be achieved using PVA flakes.

The flakes provide a unique decorative finish which can be made up of 2 or 3 different colours. This makes Resuflor an excellent choice for a variety of demanding environments where a highly functional yet attractive flooring system is required.

RSL have supplied their products to a number of high profile projects that required a hygienic finish, including, Hope Hospital, Greater Manchester Police, Cadbury’s and Nestle. @ResinSurfaces

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