Flooring solutions for healthcare
In healthcare environments, one of the most essential things to consider when it comes to flooring for hospitals and health care facilities is safety. The flooring needs to be safe for patients, visitors, and staff. It also needs to be hygienic and easy to clean, as floor coverings in healthcare environments are often exposed to a wide variety of spills from a wide range of chemicals.
It is important that a floor can withstand the impact of the day to day traffic of heavy equipment, hospital beds, wheelchairs, and heavy foot traffic. Forbo Flooring Systems has a flooring solution for every space within healthcare facilities. A total flooring solution, offered by one supplier.
Creating healing environments
When choosing floor coverings for a healthcare facility, the type of floor, the way it looks and feels, its performance, as well as functional aspects.
Important factors to take into account when choosing a floor covering for healthcare facilities:
■ Easy to clean and maintain
■ Won’t harbour bacteria for infection control
■ Durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic
■ Complies with relevant standards
■ Non-toxic and low in emissions
■ Withstand a wide variety of spills and potential staining
DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOORING TO MEET SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
There are many types of flooring materials that can be used in healthcare environments. The type of material will depend on the space that requires to meet specific requirements.
Marmoleum, our linoleum brand
Our Marmoleum floors 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.
✔ Anti-viral, bacteriostatic and allergy-proof
✔ CO2 neutral (cradle to gate), without offsetting
✔ Endless possibilities in colours & designs
✔ Stain & scratch resistant
✔ Easy to clean & maintain
✔ Low cost of ownership
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Sphera homogeneous vinyl
Vinyl floors are very popular because of their durability, low maintenance and versatility. Homogeneous vinyl is made of one single layer that offers vibrancy and depth of colour. It is incredibly durable and stain-resistant, which makes it a great flooring choice for heavy traffic areas.
✔ High resistance to chemicals, scratches, and stains
✔ Low in VOC and phthalate free
✔ Easy to clean externally tested
✔ Premium homogeneous vinyl with Type 1 binder
✔ Tested on selected healthcare specific stains
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Eternal general purpose vinyl
Our Eternal collection is our most trust general purpose heterogeneous vinyl flooring in healthcare. Offering authentic visuals with a unique identity and a natural feel. Its 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.
✔ Long history of use in healthcare facilities in Australia
✔ PUR Pearl for easy floor care
✔ Ability to custom print and flooring design
✔ Assists with infection control
✔ Good resistance to chemicals
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Step 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.
✔ One collection that covers all slip ratings from R10 to R12
✔ Sustainable slip resistance
✔ Low VOC and phthalate free
✔ Tested against AS 4586 slip test method standard
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Colorex static control flooring
Our Colorex range of conductive floor coverings has a pore-free surface, ensuring the highest hygiene properties whilst complying with all electrostatic discharge and cleanroom standards. It prevents electrostatic discharges that can cause malfunctions in highly sensitive medical equipment found in operating rooms.
✔ Complies with electrostatic discharge control standards
✔ Can be repaired
✔ Superb resistance to heavy loads
✔ Low in VOC
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Healthcare projects case studies
Fiona Stanley Hospital
Grow Medical Clinic
Bacchus Marsh Hospital - Case Study
Bacchus Marsh Hospital theatres were built by Hutchinson Builders and using the newest state-of-the-art operating equipment.
Forbo’s Sphera homogeneous vinyl flooring was chosen thanks to its SMART PUR finish providing excellent performance, high scratch resistance, chemical, and stain resistance providing easy floor care. Sphera is phthalate-free, emitting very low emissions and is certified by Green Tag along with achieving best practice PVC requirements, makes Sphera the ideal flooring choice for healthcare facilities.
Supporting Australian Private Hospitals
Forbo is a proud 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.