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report: Falling and tripping accidents are a hotspot in the hotel and restaurant industry. What are the actual causes of these accidents?
Dr. Esser: When we leave, it usually happens completely automatically without us concentrating on it. It always becomes critical when the subsurface - i.e. the floor covering - suddenly changes and you notice it too late. Then you don't adjust to it in time when walking.
report: So if, for example, the ground is slippery in one place ...
Dr. Esser: Yes. First of all, it is important that the floor covering in every work area has adequate slip resistance (R) and, if necessary, also has a displacement space (V). And if 2 different floor coverings are adjacent, they may only differ by one rating group (R). If all these requirements are met, then you always have enough grip when walking. The changeover to another floor is then so small that you can do it subconsciously without any problems. But provided that you are wearing the right shoes.
But back to the slippery floor again: the best slip resistance does not, of course, replace cleaning. If something leaked or spilled over, it has to be cleaned up immediately. Structural things are also important in connection with dirt. Floor drains and gutters should be installed in such a way that the areas where you walk and stand are always dry and free of dirt or can be kept clean without great effort.
report: Are there any deficits when it comes to floors in the hotel and restaurant industry?
Dr. Esser: Unfortunately, it happens again and again that unsuitable tiles or floor coverings are laid. There are very different reasons for this. Either the people do not know the requirements or they do not involve the advising experts sufficiently. Or they only proceed from a design point of view. I have already seen some show kitchens in which tiles are laid that only meet the requirements for the flooring of the guest room. In the worst case, we have tiles with R 9 slip resistance in the cooking area. However, R 12 with a displacement space of V 4 is prescribed there. This is 3 evaluation groups too low.
report: But it's not just the wrong tiles that are responsible for all these falls?
Dr. Esser: No. There are of course other causes as well: waste or moisture that has not been removed immediately, but also floor grids that are worn out and cannot be replaced immediately. Objects that are in the way.
report: Where can you find the requirements for B. experienced on a kitchen floor?
Dr. Esser: Requirements for floors in areas where there is a risk of slipping, such as B. the kitchen, are listed in the trade association rules in relation to the branch and activity. You are also welcome to consult the BGN when planning a new flooring.
report: What if the wrong floor has already been laid?
Dr. Esser: Then we check whether there are suitable measures in place to sufficiently improve the safety level of the floor. If there is no possibility of improvement, then the floor has to be replaced.
report: Plastic cast floors are being installed in more and more kitchens. What do you recommend, plastic or tile?
Dr. Esser: It's a matter of taste. It is important that the floor is installed properly. There are different requirements for the subsurface. With the wear layer - that is the surface that can be walked on - both floors must of course meet the industry and activity-related requirements. Tiles already have the required properties due to their structure. Grouting floors, on the other hand, only acquire their properties during installation. So here you have to pay special attention
ensure that the requirements are actually met during installation.
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