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Flooring for healthcare facilities

Healthcare flooring

Glan Clwyd hospital UK - white homogeneous vinyl flooring

Flooring for healing spaces

Every Solution. One Supplier.

Especially in healthcare environments, it is important that a floor can withstand the impact of the day to day traffic of heavy equipment, hospital beds, wheelchairs and thousands of foot traffic. Not only today or tomorrow, but also in the next decades.

With millions of square metres of our floor coverings installed in healthcare throughout Australia and across the world. Forbo is at the forefront when it comes to understanding the needs and concerns within the healthcare segment.

Don't take our word for it, see examples of how our products have been used in healthcare environments.

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital WA - eternal grey and blue general purpose vinyl flooring

Sponsorship: APHA

Forbo is a major supporter of the Australian Private Hospital Association and private hospitals throughout Australia. We take pride in adding real value to the private sector through our joint commitment to provide excellence in patient care.

APHA is an organisation committed to ensuring Australians have access to the highest, most professional and advanced health care services.APHA website


Environment & service

Leading in environment

● We maintain EPD's and numerous global recognised certifications across our products and our production facilities.
All of our manufacturing sites are ISO certified to both 14001 and 9001 and run on 100% renewable electricity where possible. Raw materials are used efficiently, production waste is recycled into new or other Forbo products.
● We are committed to social responsibility and human labour rights with Forbo production sites and supply chains certified according to SA8000.
● Local commitment - Forbo Flooring Systems Australia has partnered with Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (not for profit organisation) to plant native Australian trees and shrubs. Every square metre of Marmoleum installed now contributes to restoring Australian native forests.
● Forbo is a founding member of the World Green Building Council and benchmark against the UN's Sustainable Development goals.

Flooring and environment
Forbo design service

Reliable service

We offer:

● A single supplier and system warranty for all of your flooring requirements
● Ongoing local advice, support and project management
● efficiencies of scale, the certainty of supply, delivery and after installation training.

Above all one single contract and one single point of contact to save you time and costs.

Leading global manufacturer

Forbo Flooring Systems is part of the Swiss Forbo Group
A worldwide presence:

● 15 manufacturing plants in Europe
● 38 Flooring sales offices worldwide
● 90 additional markets served via strategic partnerships
● over 70 key account managers across 30 countries

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Product portfolio

The right solutions for the right reasons

The primary requirements in selecting a floorcovering for healthcare environments is ensuing it’s ‘fit for purpose’. Forbo understands that there are many factors that can impact building users and occupants.

Forbo has a wide product portfolio from linoleum, vinyl sheet in both heterogeneous and homogeneous constructions, luxury vinyl tiles, safety flooring, entrance matting, acoustic backed vinyl, flocked flooring, carpet tiles and not to mention adhesives and underlay solutions.

We also provide floor plans and instant room visuals via our room planner artificial intelligence technology.

View our Full Product Portfolio

Entrance flooring - Coral - Stop up to 95% walked in dirt and moisture

Protect your investment

An entrance flooring is fundamental for any interior. It plays an important role in facilities risk management and maintenance strategies to prevent dirt and moisture from being tracked in and thereby prolongs the life of interior flooring finishes, reduces cleaning & maintenance costs and the potential for slip injuries. Our textile entrance system offer an entrance solution for every situation.

● Stops up to 95% of walked in dirt and moisture
● Maintain floors appearance
● Reduce maintenance costs
● Slip resistance surface
● Textile Coral: sheet, tiles, click, logo
● Rigid mats for upper range high-intensity foot traffic

Marmoleum, the natural sustainable flooring

Linoleum flooring is made from natural raw materials and is the most sustainable and healthy flooring choice. It also has a long history of general use in Australia and worldwide. Linoleum flooring has been around for 160 years!

As a resilient flooring finish, it provides a sustainable alternative to vinyl and rubber for general areas within healthcare applications.

Benefits of Marmoleum:
GECA and Red List free certified
● A CO2 neutral product (from cradle to gate) more information
Allergy UK approved - it does not harbour house dust mites
● Every m2 of Marmoleum installed in Australia contributes to restoring Australian native forests. More information
● Can last 20+ years with the appropriate maintenance
● Various formats (sheet,plank & tile)
Topshield2 factory finish reduces soiling and is resistant to staining from hand sanitiser and common health chemicals
● Excellent resistance to soiling and chemicals (test report available upon request)
● Naturally antibacterial for life – Kills MRSA and Norovirus

Natural linoleum flooring for hospitals
Flotex - grey textile flooring for healthcare

Flotex, even easier than you can imagine

Flotex is a unique textile floor covering that combines the hard-wearing and durable characteristics of a resilient floor with the quality, warmth and comfort of a carpet. Making ti the perfect solution for patient waiting areas, where constant foot traffic and movement of chairs require a durable floorcovering.

Benefits of Flotex:
● Will not track and pack down.
● Releases 30% more dirt when vacuuming compared with conventional carpet
● Proven cleanability - Read about our recent test study
● Hygienic – Allergy and Asthma UK approved
● Sound absorption; comfort and warmth <22dB
● The impervious backing makes Flotex suitable for mechanical wet cleaning. The Flotex surface dries quickly and always restores to its original function and appearance.
● Excellent R12 slip resistance
● Low roll resistance
GreenTag Level A certified
● Digital printing and custom design
● Available in sheet, tile and plank format
● Possible combination with Allura Flex LVT without the need of using a transitional strip

Sphera, proven hygienic floors

Sphera is our Homogeneous vinyl sheet collection and is incredibly durable and stain-resistant which makes it a great flooring choice for heavy traffic areas.

Sphera has been tested according to ISO 846 to evaluate the behaviour of the material. Two external institutes WFK and Fraunhofer IPA, show that Sphera does not contribute to the growth of bacteria and fungi, making it the ideal floor covering for a healthcare environment.

Benefits of Sphera
● SMART-Top PUR finish ensures high resistance to chemicals, scratches and stains, which contributes to longer lifetime and cost reduction
External testing shows the cleanability of Sphera is excellent!
Low VOC and phthalate-free
● Produced in a zero waste environment watch how we manufacture sphera
● Sphera has been tested on selected healthcare-specific stains according to ISO26987
● Has a type 1 binder (binder content >55% is considered premium homogeneous vinyl according to EN-ISO 10581.
● Complies with BCA/NCC C1.10a fire standard

Check out our sphera healthcare environment magazine

Sphera hospital vinyl flooring
Eternal colour 40562 aqua-Eternal wood 10842 cream oak - hospital wood flooring

The most trusted GPV in healthcare

Our Eternal collection is our heterogenous general purpose vinyl sheet.
Forbo's design team has developed convincing, authentic visuals with a unique identity and a natural feel. Eternal's high tech PVC wear layer and PUR Pearl finish are key to the collection's ability to keep its as-new appearance even after years of intensive use.

Benefits of Eternal
● A long history of use within healthcare buildings in Australia
● PUR topcoat for easy maintenance
● Complies with BCA/NCC Fire standard
● 10-year warranty
● Ability to custom print any design
● Assists with infection control
● Good resistance to chemicals (test report is available upon request)

Creating a homely environment

The Eternal textile collection is our latest edition, created in demand for softer looking textile visuals in a resilient format to meet the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines for infection prevention and control.

The guidelines state clinical areas where patient care and treatments are undertaken should not be carpeted and surfaces should be easy to clean. Eternal meets this requirement.

The unique embossing of Eternal textile creates a textured surface visual and textural feel underfoot reflecting a warm, homely atmosphere without compromising on hygiene and infection control. Also available in an acoustic version.

Eternal Textile - 36882 - Woven Myrtle - Healthcare flooring, textile look vinyl
Step safety flooring R12 175952 elephant / grey  in commercial kitchen

Safety flooring

In healthcare facilities, slip resistance is of paramount consideration in areas where water or spillages could affect safety underfoot. For patients and staff, using bathroom facilities without worrying about slipping will provide peace of mind. Our Step range significantly reduces the risk of slips in wet areas whilst still creating a modern, fresh interior.

Need help understanding the somewhat confusing slip standards, testing and recommendations?

Forbo can assist with finding the right slip rating for the right area. whether it be a commercial kitchen space or wet barefoot area in patients room or laundry areas.

Benefits of step safety:
● One collection which covers ALL relevant slip ratings R10-R12
● Tested against AS 4586:2013 slip standard
● A true safety floor
● Particles throughout the wear layer guarantee sustainable slip resistance
Level A Greentag certified

Specialist areas

In sensitive hospital areas such as operating theatres, intensive care units and imaging diagnostic facilities, flooring presents its own unique challenges.

Not only must it comply with stringent hygiene regulations to help prevent hospital-acquired infections, it must also demonstrate that it meets any necessary safety requirements. And most importantly, it must prevent any electrostatic discharges as these can cause malfunctions, or even failures, in highly sensitive medical equipment and devices.

Our Colorex range of conductive floor coverings has a pore-free surface, ensuring the highest hygiene properties whilst complying with all ESD and cleanroom standards.

Prevents electrostatic discharges that can cause malfunctions in highly sensitive medical equipment. Colorex is highly stain resistant helping and won’t be tarnished by the regular cleaning and disinfecting cycles that are imperative in hospital environments

Other suitable products for specialist areas is Sphera ESD homogeneous vinyl or Marmoleum ohmex a more sustainable option.

Haga Juliana Den Haag - Colorex EC 250234 , SD 150222
Urgent Care Centre

Bespoke flooring - you choose what it looks like

Can't find what you are looking for despite our wide product range?

No worries, we have more. Within our Bespoke Design flooring you can design your own unique floor with our digital print techniques in:

- Flotex
- Eternal/ Surestep project vinyl
- Coral entrance flooring
- Aquajet cutting technique for Marmoleum flooring

Tessera – ideal for admin/meeting rooms

For hospitals to run efficiently, there is a background team of staff who usually operate from offices and suites within the hospital.

Therefore acoustics and underfoot comfort properties are ideal. Textile products offer excellent acoustic properties and when modular formats are used they can quickly adapt to layout changes.

Tessera carpet tiles offers:
● A wide range of multi-level loop carpet tiles
● Various formats available including planks and XL tiles enabling creative floor design
● Impact noise reduction up to 30 dB
● Random lay ranges available, reducing installation waste to 2%
● Many ranges are BREEAM A rated in the healthcare sector

Tessera Cloudscape 3407 April shower

Infection control

Your floor - Part of the infection control

When it comes to infection control and stopping Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), what better place to start than from the flooring up?

Our Marmoleum products are proven to inhibit the growth and spread of infections such as MRSA, Norovirus and C Difficile, helping to contribute to a healthier and more hygienic environment in any area of a hospital.

The Christie radiotherapy facility - marmoleum

Marmoleum: naturally antibacterial

Marmoleum's ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria stems from the natural raw materials that go into its production, namely linseed oil. An inherent property of the product, the anti-bacterial qualities of Marmoleum won't diminish over time, giving peace of mind and constant protection from the moment it is installed.

Marmoleum is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and has been shown to reduce microbial contamination*, but do not necessarily prevent cross-contamination or infections; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices. (Based on Independent Laboratory Testing)

Chemical resistance

Floor coverings in healthcare environments are often exposed to a wide variety of spills and potential staining coming from a wide range of chemicals.

For hygienic and aesthetic reasons, it is important that substances that are likely to end up on the floor do not damage the floor.

Forbo's Marmoleum, linoleum floorcovering topshield2 finish and vinyl all have a production applied UV-cured PUR coating, which protects the floor against staining.

Forbo has chemical resistance test reports upon request.

Sphera & Fraunhofer
Sphera Bacteria Test

Hygienic floors

A clean and hygienic floor can contribute to the well-being of the patient. Especially in areas where patients with fragile health are treated or nursed, a sterile environment is vital.

When a floor is carrying microorganisms like fungi or bacteria, there is a potential transferal to other areas like medical devices, clothing or staff and finally to the patient. Special precautions are to be taken to reduce microbiological contamination risks to a minimum.

One of the things to pay attention to is that the materials utilised may not serve as a nutrient for microorganisms. Sphera has been tested according to ISO 846 to evaluate the behaviour of the material. Two external institutes WFK and Fraunhofer IPA, show that Sphera does not contribute to the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Read our sphera healthcare environment magazine


Creating Healing Environments

We understand the importance of the health and wellbeing of all users in a space. Our product portfolio is designed with these two factors in mind.

Especially in healthcare environments, it is important that a floor can withstand the impacts of the day to day tariff of heavy equipment, hospital beds, wheelchairs and forever foot traffic year after year. Just as important is the look and warm, calming feeling a floor can bring to a stressful environment.

How our floor coverings contribute to a healthy indoor environment:
● All our floorcoverings are very low in VOC
● Chemical & stain resistance
● High scratch resistance
● Made with 100% renewable electricity
● Marmoleum is CO2 neutral for the cradle to gate life cycle stages of the product
● All our products are phthalate-free

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Way finding / Interior layout

The interior layout of a hospital can have a significant impact on staff and visitors and patients is often overlooked. A poor layout can cause disorientation and confusion, which can have a negative impact on staff and visitors.

Design of walkways, differentiation of different zones and signage affects the staff and patients / visitors ability to navigate or orient themselves within the facility, especially in large hospitals

The use of different flooring types, or even signs embedded into the floorcovering for walkways, different zones etc… within the facility, can make navigation throughout much easier for the building user.

Marmoleum Solid 3724 XT hallway

Acoustic performance

Noise pollution is known to cause a wide array of physical and behavioural symptoms that can negatively impact staff during consultations and patient care & treatment areas during their time of healing.

Many studies have shown that hospital noises levels fall higher than ranges recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Metrics and design considerations commonly used to assess acoustic conditions include:
● Background noise
● Privacy and speech interference

Designers can create improved acoustic conditions for healing environments by using building materials that are designed to create acoustic barriers.

Choosing the type of floor carefully will help to create the right level of acoustic you want to reach. An additional benefit is underfoot comfort and less fatigue. Forbo has acoustic test reports for our acoustic products available upon request
View our acoustic flooring collections

Sarlon acoustic vinyl

Indoor air quality

CSRIO estimates the cost of poor indoor air quality in Australia may be as high as 12 billion per year. The Science Advisory Board has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Numerous experiments carried out demonstrate that healing environments with lower air quality can have a negative effect on patients and staff.

What is indoor air quality? IAQ is defined by the concentrations of various pollutants such as:
● Pollutant concentration
● CO2 concentration
● Mould
● Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
● Dust
Better indoor air quality can be achieved through low or zero VOC furnishing materials such as floors, adhesives used and cleaning products.

Many studies now prove patients recover faster with healthy environments and staff sick day are reduced.

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All Forbo Flooring products meet the requirements of the Australian National construction code. These code cover fire compliance and slip rating for stairs and ramps.

Our products are tested to AS4586:2012 slip resistance standard and comply with the HB198 guide to slip-resistant surfaces.

All Forbo Flooring products meet the LOW VOC standards of the Green Building Council of Australia.

All of our slip, fire and VOC test reports can be found in our Downloads section

Building plan - flooring

Australasian health facility guidelines (HFG)

Assist health services and design teams to plan and design modern and best practice health facilities.

The AusHFG is an initiative of the Australasian Health Infrastructure Alliance (AHIA). Allows designers of health facilities throughout Australasia to use a common set of guidelines and specifications for the base elements of health facilities.

Australasian best-practice approach to health facility planning; Stake holders are AHIA representatives from all Australian states and territories and New Zealand industry including health planners, architects and engineers along with clinical experts and also patient consumer groups.

Deliver safe and optimal patient care through provision of an appropriate physical environment.

The guidelines apply to public and private health care providers including day surgeries and clinics.

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Designing for Dementia environments

Age-related changes and impairments can make it more difficult to understand and navigate the built environment. Impairments may include sensory, mobility or cognitive (or sometimes a combination of them all) which can affect people's functioning, behaviour, independence and ultimately, their quality of life.

Forbo has partnered with Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), an international centre which draws on 25 years of global research and practice, to identify which products in our portfolio can contribute to improving the quality of life for people with dementia.

DSDC Product Selector - Dementia friendly flooring

Flooring products and designs

Floor covering is an essential factor in designing a dementia-friendly environment as it has an impact not only on the safety and orientation of space but when used correctly, can help provide confidence, security and independence.

DSDC accredited products scheme video

DSDC have rated our flooring products 1a plain and can be used indiscriminately, 1b semi-plain and can be used throughout or 2 patterned use with caution.

Let our product finder help you choose from our DSDC accredited flooring offerSelection

Dementia Friendly Flooring Selection Guidelines

● Tonal contrast is critical for materials to be seen against each other
● Both DSDC and BS8300:2009 Recommend a difference of 30 degrees of LRV between critical surfaces such as floors to walls and doors to walls
● Adjoining flooring should be tonally similar to reduce the risk of falls
● Flooring LRVs should be within 8 degrees of each other (less is better). and no more than 10 degrees
● Transition strips should match the tones of both surfaces with an ideal difference of no more than 3 degrees of LRV step difference.
● It is recommended that skirtings contrast with both the wall and the door where possible.

More info

Do you need more information?

Interested in our products, want to know more about installation, need to get hold of technical data sheets? Or maybe you want to contact our National Healthcare Segment Manager to discuss different possibilities?

Please contact us to request a presentation or more information by clicking on one of the links below!

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