Butchery Flooring

Hygiene is a key consideration when deciding on your flooring in a meat processing area, such as a butchery.

Butcheries are constantly having to work with raw meat, bones, blood, and organs.

These processed foods leave the area susceptible to a build-up of bacteria if the appropriate hygiene levels are not met.

Because of this, butchers have important requirements that must be met to ensure that they comply with the regulations from Environmental Health and the Food Standards Agency. 

Guidance from the Food Standards Agency dictates ‘design and layout must permit Good Hygiene Practices and protection against contamination. Floor Surfaces must be sound and easy to clean – must use impervious, non-absorbent, washable, non-toxic materials. Where appropriate, adequate surface drainage may be necessary.

https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/industry-specific-advice/meat-premises-and-slaughter

Hygienic Flooring

Generic flooring such as concrete does not meet the high hygiene standards that are required in a butchery.

This is due to concrete being a porous material with a high possibility of moisture movement.

Therefore, the flooring would be incredibly hard to clean to the standards that are needed.

The choice of flooring is important and must be considered thoroughly.

At Surface Systems we have a range of products that would ensure that you are in compliance with all the regulations put in place by the Environmental Health and Food Standards Agency.

One of our recommended flooring solutions for this kind of environment is a polyurethane screed.

This system provides good slip resistance, strength, and durability in a variety of environments, and can also withstand temperatures of up to 140 degrees centigrade.

This makes it a very suitable solution for use in butcheries where there is hot water present, and steam cleaning is carried out. This type of flooring can have a lifespan of 10 years and sometimes more due to its thickness!

In addition to the materials used for flooring being hygienic, there are other aspects that may need to be considered so that your workplace is compliant with legislation, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Additional Considerations for Butchery Floors

Coving and Drainage:

The addition of these components are essential to ensure a bacteria-free production environment.

Slip Resistance:

This is a key component when complying with the Health and Safety at Work Act. It is also dependent on the environment and the use. For example, is the floor going to be under wet or dry conditions? What type of traffic uses the floor?

Impact Resistance:

This is dependent on factors such as frequency of traffic (people/machinery), and if there are any specific areas that come under high impact. 

Chemical Resistance:

This factor would be a key consideration when in any area that corrosive substances are handled or stored. 

If you would like any help or advice on choosing the correct Surface System for you, then please visit our Contact Us page on our website to fill out one of our simple enquiry forms.

Or alternatively, contact us on 01803 868680 and one of our friendly technical team can discuss your requirements with you.  

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