Environmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 In Use1819Polyflor vinyl floorings play a significant role in creating and maintaining a hygienic environment within healthcare and consequent to that, an important role in the global fight against Hospital Acquired Infections.In addition to the independent certification concerning the inhibition of bacterial growth on the floor, vinyl flooring exemplifies the case that it is the multifaceted elements of performance and inherent product features that all combine to offer positive benefits in terms of creating a safer, more hygienic environment.A very positive contribution to creating a clean and hygienic indoor environment. Seamless welding and coving is critical in infection control. Independent tests demonstrate that the growth of bacteria such as MRSA is inhibited on Polyflor flooring.Infection Control
2021The VOC emissions on our range of floor products are all below the very strictly set accepted levels. Products have been tested by independent laboratories, with certificates available upon request.No negative contribution to indoor air quality. Passed all the most stringent international VOC emissions tests, including AgBB, Indoor Air Comfort Gold and FloorScore®. Air QualityIndoor air quality is a key consideration when selecting building products, and Polyflor vinyl flooring makes a significant contribution towards creating indoor environments with very low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions. All of our flooring ranges have already passed key international standards but we continuously look to reformulate our ranges to ensure their VOC emissions are kept to the lowest levels achievable. Independent and rigorous VOC tests Polyflor ranges have undergone include AgBB, Swedish B.P.D (FLEC test), Finland M1 test, GBCA Compliant (GreenTag approval) and FloorScore® (certification in accordance with SCSEC-10.2-2007 'Indoor Air Quality Performance' through the Scientific Certification Systems Indoor Air Quality Programme, conforming to Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria and California 01350 Specification. Certificates are available on the SCS website, www.scscertified.com). The most recent test method is 'Indoor Air Comfort Gold'. This new test by Eurofins is the most comprehensive and stringent on the market and tests for all known emissions. It also includes a 'smell test', where our vinyl flooring performs well - better than some other types of flooring. That is to say there is a very low or unnoticeable odour which could also affect the internal environment of a building and quality of life for the resident or employee. Along with positive VOC test results, there is no evidence to suggest that vinyl flooring contributes to common allergies such as asthma or dust allergies and is favoured for its superior 'cleanability' over other flooring products and is used in the strictest of hygiene zones throughout hospitals. Furthermore it is non-shedding, whereby most allergies are caused by airborne dust. Clean room test certification for non-shedding is available on most ranges.Dioxins are toxic chemicals which occur as an unwanted byproduct of some chemical reactions within manufacture (of any product using heating or thermal processing) and during incineration, for example. It is important to note that PVC is not a significant contributor of dioxin emissions - power stations and the steel industry are the biggest man made producers of dioxin emissions. The annual dioxin concentration of the UK PVC industry is less than 140mg per annum, whereas a single tug boat in the North Sea is 70mg per annum. Dioxins occur naturally in the environment, for instance with natural fires and wood biodegradation. Regarding Polyflor specifically, stringent audits are carried out on the manufacturing site to ensure that all emissions fall well under EU industry standards - this is particularly important to us as manufacturing is in operation within a residential area. Most waste vinyl is recycled - either into new flooring or other useful products, such as road traffic cones. It does not get incinerated - although incinerating our vinyl would not be detrimental or risky with properly managed, modern, quality incinerators which are very clean. If incinerated, vinyl waste has an appreciable calorific value, producing energy - this contributes to domestic heat in Sweden. Where in the past vinyl has gone to landfill, this has been a safe method of disposal as it does not breakdown and cause harmful gases in landfill site, but it is obviously not ideal.