Flooring for Food Processing Areas

Hygienic flooring systems are crucial to create a safe and clean environment for food and drink manufacturing, processing units, cafeterias and catering facilities, and industrial kitchens.

Hygienic flooring systems are crucial to create a safe and clean environment for food and drink manufacturing, processing units, cafeterias and catering facilities, and industrial kitchens.

One great feature of our factory flooring systems for flooring for food processing areas is that we use seamless flooring solutions; many regulations call for this type of flooring for such environments.

Our hygienic flooring is durable and hardwearing, so you can be sure that your rigorous cleaning regime won’t damage your new floor coating.

Food & Drink Flooring

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Flooring for food retail industries will have different requirements for food manufacturing plants.

Although food retail will have a priority of hygiene and high levels of human traffic resistance, manufacturing plants will also have a necessity for the strength of flooring to also withstand the weight of heavy machinery.

Some polyurethane and resin floor coatings are quick-drying, with only 6 hours required for drying, your manufacturing operation will be disrupted for a minimal period of time.

The Adequate Floor for You

When choosing a floor, it is key that it can be maintained easily and that it is also fast and easy to clean. 

It needs to also be resilient to some of the corrosive by-products of the industry including natural food acids, blood, chemicals, hot oils, and many other contaminants.

If heavy machinery is in use the impact resistance is also a key factor in the choice of flooring solution.

In addition to the flooring itself, there are many other aspects that need to be considered such as ensuring a seamless and impervious flooring area to prevent bacteria build-up.

Also, coving, and stainless-steel drainage need to be installed for the complete solution.

What is adequate in any situation will depend on the nature and size of the business. In addition, the following requirements apply to all rooms, in which food is prepared:

  • surface finishes to walls, doors, floors, and equipment should be easy to clean and, if necessary, to disinfect

Polyurethane Coatings

Technical Considerations

  1. Hygiene – a key consideration in every location and a core part of the floor design to enable ease of maintenance.
  2. Coving & Drainage – essential components to ensure a bacteria-free production environment.
  3. Fire Resistance – appropriate certification should be provided for flooring solutions as and when required.
  4. Slip Resistance – this is dependent on the environment and the use, i.e. is the floor under wet or dry conditions? What type of traffic uses the floor, i.e. vehicles or people? Cleaning capabilities need to be balanced with safety.
  5. Impact resistance – which areas come under high impact?
  6. Chemical Resistance – this is a key consideration in any area where corrosive substances are handled or stored.

Enforcement and food hygiene inspections

Local authorities are responsible for enforcing food hygiene laws and authorised enforcement officers have the right to enter and inspect food premises (registered or not) at any reasonable time without having to make an appointment – they will usually come without notice.

They carry out routine inspections and the frequency varies, depending on the degree of risk posed by the business and its previous record. Inspectors may also visit because of a complaint.

Inspectors (i.e. authorised officers) will look at the way you operate your business to identify any potential hazards and to make sure that you are complying with the law.

They will discuss problems with you and advise on possible solutions. They also have the following powers:

  1. To take samples and photographs and to inspect your records
  2. To write to you informally, asking you to rectify any problems that they have found. If a breach of the law has been identified, they may serve you with a ‘hygiene improvement notice’
  3. To detain or seize suspect foods
  4. To recommend a prosecution (although this is normally done only in serious cases)
  5. To serve ‘a hygiene emergency prohibition notice’ which forbids the use of the premises or equipment if there is an imminent health risk to the public. Such a notice must be confirmed by the Courts (or a Sheriff in Scotland).

Need to check that you are following all the regulations? Click the link to find out more:

Review of enforcement of regulation in small food manufacturing: Focus on Enforcement regulatory reviews

​​Food safety inspections and enforcement

Our systems are ideal for:

Meat & Fish Processing



Industrial Kitchens

Flooring for Food Processing Areas

Cold Stores


Dry Processing/Packaging



Want to know about how Surface Systems could help your company? Contact us today for a no-obligation quotation.

We will be with you through every step of the process; from the initial consultation right through to the installation of your flooring for food processing areas by our team of qualified flooring contractors. 

You will also have access to our excellent aftercare team, who can advise you on the maintenance and cleaning of your flooring solution. 

To speak to one of our dedicated team of specialists, please get in touch via our Contact Us page, or call us on tel: +44 (0)1803 868680. 

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