Flooring for Abattoirs & Meat Processing Facilities

Hygienic, seamless, impact resistant, abrasion resistant, impervious, anti-slip food grade flooring for abattoirs & meat processing plants

 

Very Heavy Duty Resin Flooring - Type 8 (BS8204-6)

high build epoxy resin floor coating

Abattoirs & Meat Processing Plants

Abattoirs & meat processing facilities provide some of the most challenging environments for unprotected concrete flooring.

Specific requirements in these environments are

  • The floor must be capable of being thoroughly de-greased, cleaned and sanitised
  • It has to be resistant to a range of chemicals
  • The floor finish requires high compressive and flexural strengths to withstand heavy loads and abrasion while maintaining a safe working substrate for foot and wheeled traffic
  • The floor finish should have anti-slip properties in both wet and dry conditions
  • The floor finish should not support to the growth of bacteria

Floors may be constantly wet or immersed in water or water slurries of animal waste, animal blood, fat, and other by-products

Processing areas may include cooking operations that can be subject to significant temperature variations.

Cleaning and sanitising operations can also subject the floor to significant thermal cycling.

Owing to their effectiveness on grease, oil, and other organic matter, strong chemical cleaners may be used.

Pressurised steam cleaning can subject the floor to thermal shock and cause surface spalling in unprotected concrete.

Because of their acidic nature, animal fat and proteins will attack unprotected concrete by reacting with the alkaline cement paste that binds the concrete together thus weakening it and making it more susceptible to damage from impact, abrasion, thermal cycling, and further chemical attack.

Processing floors can present slip hazards. They are often wet or damp, and animal fats or oils may be present.
Operatives must have secure footing, particularly when working around hazardous equipment and/or heavy moving loads.

Process plant floors, paticularly abattoirs, are subjected to heavy forklift and pallet trucks. Most of the mechanical damage that occurs on the floor is adjacent to the floor joints, due mainly to impact resulting from solid wheeled vehicles.

Polyurethane resin floor systems are highly recommended in abattoir and meat processing plants.

They consist of waterborne polyurethane resins with cement and aggregates to provide fast cure, moisture tolerant systems with no strong odours or flammability issues.

They cure quickly in the cool and damp conditions typical of abattoir and meat processing plants and provide excellent chemical resistance and can withstand organic acids and common cleaning chemicals.

Polyurethane resin floors are extremely hard wearing with excellent impact and abrasion resistant properties and are impervious and non-porous.

For many years polyurethane resin flooring systems have demonstrated excellent performance in wet food processing environments and in areas subject to severe thermal cycling, especially within the harsh conditions often present in abattoir and meat processing facilities.

Polyurethane resin floor screeds can be subjected to high temperatures and steam cleaning so offer first class performance in these aggressive environments.

BS8204-6 categorises these floors as Type 8 (highest rating) suitable for use in very heavy duty environments.

 

Type 8 - Heavy Duty Screed Flooring

Description

Trowel-finished, aggregate-filled system, effectively impervious throughout
its thickness.

Typical Thickness

6mm upwards

Typical Resin Type

Polyurethane or epoxy

Intended Usage

Very heavy duty e.g. food processing, chemical manufacturing

Typical Life Expectancy **

VHD: 10-12 years

Chemical Resistance

Excellent resistance to chemical attach

Ultra Violet Light Exposure

Susceptible to 'colour bleaching'

Appearance

Textured matt finish

Hygiene / Cleanability

Excellent

Food Processing Areas

Highly recommended

Slip Resistance in Wet

Low slip potential dependant upon surface profile

Anti-static

Grades available

** actual life will depend on product thickness, quality of the substrate, service conditions and the daily/weekly hours or shifts worked

LD (Light duty) light foot traffic, occasional rubber tyred vehicles

MD (Medium duty) regular foot traffic, frequent fork lift truck traffic, occasional hard plastic-wheeled trolleys,

HD (Heavy duty) constant fork lift truck traffic, hard plastic wheeled

 

 

 

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