Epoxy for Wholesome Foods?

Foodborne illness has become a recurring problem, especially since food has begun to be mass produced. When a facility is producing tens of thousands of food products a day, a small mistake can become a country-wide problem in the food industry. This is one of the reasons many facilities producing food are beginning to choose Epoxy flooring installation in Philadelphia PA over all other flooring systems. Between durability and sanitation, the Epoxy flooring system has become the number one choice for food plants.

It is easy to overlook the importance of proper flooring at a facility that manufactures food. It is not the first thing you think of when you think of a clean work environment. Typically, wearing gloves and facemasks, wiping away debris, and washing one’s hands are at the top of our mind when thinking of food safety. However, flooring is so important that even the United States Department of Agriculture as well as the Unites States Federal Drug Administration have outlined proper flooring and floor maintenance guidelines in their requirements for food manufacturing plants.

Now, why is Epoxy the best for the food industry’s biggest plants? Well, it makes proper sanitation a breeze, it allows for a non-slip flooring, and it can stand the test of time, even through the harsh conditions of a food production facility. Even though it is obvious that food will barely ever touch the floor, unless by accident, it is still important for flooring to stay sanitary. Here’s why: cracks and breaks in flooring can be a catch-all for moisture, microbes, and bacteria.

Under the right conditions, mold can form, bacteria can grow, and microbes can multiply, jeopardizing the cleanliness of the facility. This can then lead to food contamination, sick employees, and very upset consumers. Epoxy eliminates this problem due to its seamless application process which won’t leave any breaks or eventually crack over time. You can get your floor tested regularly as well to ensure that no hazardous microbes are making a home in your floors. Epoxy is also very easy to clean because it is able to withstand harsh cleaning materials and provides an easy maintenance process.

Food can also be wet, which can lead to wet floors and a hazardous work environment. Ask your flooring technician for a non-slip coating to help minimize workplace injuries that involve slips, trips, and falls. In addition to the food being wet, the air can also be wet. This can lead to corrosion of many flooring types. Epoxy is not on that list. Epoxy can withstand hot and high-moisture environments, which is another check off the list for choosing Epoxy over any other flooring option for your food manufacturing facility.