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2021Environmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 In UseSlip ResistantPolyflor flooring can be used in all internal use areas and this also includes areas where hazards are potentially much higher, for instance in kitchens and stairwells where slipping is likely and where the consequences of doing so are the most dangerous. Polysafe flooring complies with and exceeds the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines and is independently assessed by the British Board of Agrément and meets the European standard, EN 13845. Polysafe helps prevent accidents and injuries with its slip resistance properties, which are made up of a combination of aggregates including quartz, aluminium oxide, silicone carbide and recycled glass, along with the surface emboss which provides the required roughness to create the necessary friction.Fire PerformanceVinyl is engineered to provide the best fire performance characteristics of all resilient flooring materials. Compared to other materials vinyl flooring is slow to ignite in a fire - the chlorine content makes it flame retardant. In fact, a fire which is large enough to ignite vinyl would have already produced fatal levels of carbon monoxide from other burning materials before any danger from burning vinyl flooring. Regarding fire safety classification, vinyl flooring typically outperforms linoleum, achieving class Bfl to EN 13501-1 (8kw/m or greater) with linoleum achieving class Cfl to EN 13501-1 (4.5kw/m or greater).. Slips and trips are the single most common cause of major injuries in the United Kingdom workplace, accounting for 1 in 3 major injuries per annum (37% of all occupational injury accidents).. Over 8,500 major injuries are suffered each year at a cost to the economy of £750 million each year.. A cost of £512 million is felt by employers in lost production and other costs each year.Health & safety within the environment is an important factor to consider when selecting a floorcovering, particularly with key concerns surrounding slips and trips and also fire performance.SafetyCONTROLLABLEPREDICTABLESlip PotentialBehaviourEnvironmentContaminationFloor materialUse FootwearSlips and Trips According to HSE research:

Polyflor is exceptionally committed to the recycling of its post production waste and its post consumer waste, supporting voluntary industry-wide commitments. We are active members of various initiatives including EPFLOOR, the European Flooring Manufacturers' Sector Group, which was formed to increase post consumer waste recycled in Western Europe and Recovinyl, a scheme which provides financial incentives to support the collection of PVC waste from the non-regulated PVC waste streams. Recovinyl is also an initiative of VinylPlus (formerly Vinyl 2010*), another European initiative of which Polyflor is a member. VinylPlus is the new ten-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry, which looks to tackle all sustainability challenges for PVC. Each of the challenges is based on The Natural Step System, with step one focusing on Controlled-Loop Management. Key objectives for this stage include:Recycle 800,000 tonnes/year of PVC by 2020.Exact definitions and reporting concept to be available by end 2011.Develop and exploit innovative technology to recycle 100,000 tonnes/year of difficult-to-recycle PVC material (within the overall 800,000 tonnes/year recycling target) by 2020.Address the issue of legacy additives and deliver a status report within each annual VinylPlus Progress Report.Specific to vinyl flooring, Polyflor is also a proud funding and founding member of Recofloor?, the waste vinyl flooring recycling scheme which is available throughout the UK. By providing an accessible and efficient facility for waste vinyl to be reclaimed and recycled, Recofloor helps prevent post consumer waste from going to landfill. We also recycle glass which is post consumer waste, combined with the aggregates, into many of our Polysafe products.In the FuturePolyflor will stay committed to recycling end of life vinyl through VinylPlus and the Recofloor scheme, which joined the voluntary WRAP led 'Halving Waste to Landfill', a programme that aims to halve construction waste sent to landfill by 2012. We will also continue to invest significantly in the systems for collection, sorting, granulation and storage to ensure capacity and capability for dealing with the anticipated growth in the volumes of post consumer waste we recycle.*It is important that we are responsible in the chain of custody of our products. With landfill being both expensive and the least green of options for waste, recycling is a key element of Polyflor's closed loop operations. * Vinyl 2010 achieved its 10 year target of recycling 240,000 tonnes of post consumer construction vinyl - it actually recycled 260,842.? See pages 24 & 25 for more information about Recofloor2223