The eye-catching decoration of Polysafe Mosaic sheet vinyl safety flooring - from commercial flooring specialist Polyflor Ltd has won the product a starring role in Casualty 1909, a new BBC TV hospital drama set at the dawn of the 20th century.
The series, which begins broadcasting in May, is set in a 1909 version of Liverpool Victoria Hospital, recreated in the former Sharp Electronics factory in Newton Heath, Manchester.
Salford-based flooring contractor MB Flooring Services supplied over 400m2 of Polysafe Mosaic for the project which was designed and specified by Wards Scenic Services of Manchester.
We obviously needed to replicate the ambience of the 1909 hospital as closely as possible, says set designer Paul Ward. We chose Polysafe Mosaic for our versions corridors, reception area and operating theatre because not only does it closely resemble the marble floors of the period, but it looks great and offers slip resistance to the actors on the show.
In the real world, non-directionally patterned Polysafe Mosaic is suitable for a number of commercial areas where slip resistance is required, including corridors, receptions and general circulation areas. Eminently suited to hospitals and schools, Polysafe Mosaic is also ideal for use in traditional safety areas where spillages can occur, such as bathrooms, toilets and changing rooms.
The safety floor combines clear aluminium oxide and coloured quartz particles within the full thickness of its 0.7mm wear layer to provide enhanced, sustainable slip resistance.
The range offers a choice of nine vibrant colourways featuring a special high density flake design with pearlescent chips, thereby adding an attractive shimmer effect and increasing the visible depth of the decoration.
The outstanding decorative appeal of the product is fully matched by its environmental and general performance. Polysafe Mosaic is one of a number of Polysafe ranges that are BRE A rated and certified through BRE Certification Ltd (Certification No: ENP 336) for its environmental profile. Based on an assessment on the whole life environmental impact of the flooring over a building life of 60 years, the product obtains Ecopoints which are measured and reported in accordance with the methodology detailed in BREs Green Guide to Specification 2004.
The top environmental rating of A is also achieved across Polyflors portfolio of homogeneous vinyl floorcoverings, meaning that specification of Polyflor floorings can help contribute to a healthy BREEAM score.
In common with all Polysafe ranges, Polysafe Mosaic complies fully with HSE Guidelines, providing sustained slip resistance throughout its guaranteed 10-year life and achieving 36+ on the RRL Pendulum wet test (Slider 96/Four S rubber) with a surface roughness of 20 microns and above.
As well as compliance with HSE Guidelines, the flooring also meets the performance requirements of EN13845, the European Norm for safety flooring, and in terms of abrasion resistance is classed as a Group T product achieving the Use Area Classification of 23/34/43.
Polysafe Mosaic is fully tested to fire safety standard EN 13501-1, is certified as Class Bfl-S1, achieving the criteria EN ISO 9239-1 ≥8kw/m2 and the mandatory requirement of EN ISO 11925-2 pass. In addition, the product has been independently assessed by the British Board of Agrément and product performance is assured for at least 10 years in recommended use areas, using the correct maintenance regime.
In common with all Polyflor sheet vinyl floorcoverings, the flooring can be welded at the seams and to coved skirtings to create continuous, impervious surfaces offering no sanctuary to dirt and bacteria. Independent test results demonstrate that Polysafe Mosaic also inhibits the growth of MRSA on the flooring. An effective cleaning regime is, however, the most important defence against infection.
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