Why Epoxy Coatings are Used on Concrete Floors

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What’s happening in this video…The warehouse and storage areas of this food manufacturing facility had bare concrete floors that needed protection from light daily forklift traffic and routine transport of production materials.

First, the concrete floor was prepared with shot blasting and hand grinding rough areas.  All cracks, bugholes and spalls were repaired with an epoxy paste and the expansion joints were cleaned and filled with a flexible joint filler.

The facility owners chose a clear epoxy floor sealer for their warehouse.  This floor coating also comes in many other colors – great for hiding floor imperfections and for a smooth, clean look.

Frequently asked questions about epoxy floor coatings for concrete floors…

Most manufacturing facilities are built upon a concrete slab that needs to be protected from the corrosive effects of spills and cleaning chemicals.

There are a wide range of cement urethane floor coverings, epoxy coatings and polyaspartic floor coatings that are safe for food manufacturing and food service facilities throughout the food industry.

Food sustains life on earth so it stands to reason that we humans have a vital interest in keeping food that we eat clean and safe.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes the Food Code, which are guidelines and procedures for regulating the retail and food service industries including: grocery stores, restaurants, cafeterias, schools, correctional facilities and other food service providers.

All regulatory agencies use the FDA Food Code to update food safety regulations.

While these federal regulations for food safety are complicated there are two primary agencies: the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) which is responsible for safety of poultry, processed egg products, and meat; and The FDA which is the agency responsible for watching over the safety of most all other foods.

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) are manufacturing control guidelines of the UK Food Standards Agency adopted for use in the U.S. and put forward manufacturing temperature guidelines to be sure all harmful bacteria are destroyed in the food production process.

Flooring materials manufacturers who offer FDA approved industrial epoxy floor coatings, design these floor coatings to meet the regulatory standards.

They are ideally 100% solids epoxy resin coatings, containing no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful to the environment and food stuffs or cement urethane coatings.

These approved concrete coatings are specified by food processing, manufacturing and service facilities and should be the only choice when considering any kind of epoxy paint (coating) or cement urethane to protect the concrete floor.

USDA and FDA published standards are included in the “Sanitation Performance Standards Compliance Guide” Section 6-201.11.

This section requires that floor coverings shall be installed with a smooth surface so that they are easily cleanable. Additionally, where water flushing is the cleaning method used, the floors must have drains and be graded to drain.

It goes without saying that food manufacturers must also be diligent about keeping their processing floor areas bacteria-free. This is most often accomplished by maintaining a daily hot wash down regimen.

All of this broad overview is put forward to help improve the communication process for everyone, including contractors installing these epoxy coatings and food manufacturers and food service facilities who are rightfully concerned that the flooring surfaces in their facilities are designed to promote cleanliness.

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