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SAFETY FIRST


Sika looks at the role that hygienic flooring surfaces play in sustaining a healthy hospital environment.


The highest standards of hygiene must be maintained at hospitals and medical care facilities to safeguard the health and wellbeing of patients, many of whom will be vulnerable to infection and disease. Exemplary cleanliness levels in these public service buildings are also essential to upholding Building Regulations and Health and Safety legislation.


Healthcare facilities should also be safe, accessible and inviting for all, including doctors, staff and visitors. Flooring and walls play a crucial role in minimising the risk of transmission of infection, so just as “seamless care” has become a core NHS value, seamless flooring materials and wall finishes have become an increasingly common specification.


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To achieve this standard of building and the first-rate, safe and efficient healthcare within, the quality and fitness-for- purpose of the healthcare estate is vital. The Department of Health’s HBN: 00-10 details the key requirements of every floor, wall and coating systems and divides them into three main performance themes – infection control, life cycle maintenance and fire performance.


BETTER BY DESIGN The design and maintenance of the internal environment is essential for long-term performance. With numerous studies showing how a hospital's physical environment can


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