How Maintaining Flooring Reduces Industrial Dust and Containment Issues
Factories, warehouses, and other industrial facilities feature various materials that can threaten the health and safety of personnel unless properly contained. These materials are often called Foreign Object Debris (FOD). Dust is the most prevalent form of FOD, but facility managers must also consider loose machine parts and building materials, chemical spills, trash, food waste, broken pavement, and more. Thanks to gravity, most FOD winds up on warehouse flooring, which also happens to be the primary area for foot traffic and machinery movement. So, without proper floor care, your operation can undergo major accidents, efficiency losses, and other liabilities.
How Maintaining Your Facility’s Flooring Reduces Industrial Dust and Containment Issues
Smooth Floors Keep Dust at Bay
Dust is present inside any building. However, the amount of dust that accumulates in your facility depends on several factors, such as air filtration and circulation, the number of soft, porous surfaces, specific operations (e.g., grinding, cutting, etc.), and so on. Your facility floors also play a major role in dust accumulation. Bare concrete floors are porous, making it easy for tiny particles to build up in every nook and cranny. Sealing and smoothing out your floors via coating and/or concrete polishing closes off these pores, leaving behind a smooth, glossy, dust-resistant surface that requires less maintenance.
Regular Floor Cleaning Prevents Grime Formation
No matter how smooth and sturdy your floors may be, proper floor maintenance is still required to contain dust and other FOD. As mentioned above, investing in quality floor sealing/polishing solutions facilitates floor cleaning, making it that much easier to clear away dust, spills, and other objects. Regularly and promptly cleaning your facility flooring helps prevent serious damage and grime formation – the sooner you clean up a chemical spill, for instance, the less time it has to corrode your flooring and release harmful odors into your work areas.
Keeping an Eye on Floors Prevents FOD from Lingering
With so much going on in your industrial facility, the presence of FOD may go overlooked. That said, if you’re committed to caring for your concrete flooring via periodic inspections and regular cleaning, you’re much more likely to come across any materials that wind up where they shouldn’t be. Even a single loose screw or fragment of pavement can result in injury, so keeping a close eye on every inch of your facility’s floors is imperative.
Clean Floors Offer Improved Visibility
It’s much easier to spot foreign debris and floor damage when your floors are clearly defined. A dirty concrete floor doesn’t just present an immediate health and safety hazard – it also makes it harder to spot protruding objects and other issues that deserve your attention. A well-maintained and coated or polished concrete floor, on the other hand, is reflective and, as mentioned earlier, easy to keep clean. These factors lend themselves to greater visibility, increasing the odds of someone spotting FOD on the job before it becomes a serious problem.
Laying the Foundation for Proper Containment
For an industrial workplace to remain safe and efficient, all areas must be clearly defined and properly contained. Maintaining your flooring is a necessary step for mitigating dust and preventing FOD-related issues within your facility. At Kaloutas, we take safety and containment seriously. We get to know the layouts, schedules, and operations of each and every client to provide the optimal services for every situation. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today!