Surface finishes in hygiene environments are critical to their effectiveness, whether in helping to control contamination or infection. Operating theatres, kitchens, research laboratories, food and drug production areas, residential care facilities are all places where enhanced levels of hygiene are essential to operational success. A key component in achieving this cleanliness is the design, quality and type of surface finishes on the walls, floor and ceiling.
Hygiene coatings of good quality and applied to the highest standards are a highly cost-effective way of achieving the performance required, and Cousins staff and operatives are highly experienced in applying hygiene coatings of all types.
HYGIENE COATING STANDARDS
The performance standards for operational hygiene environments are defined by the HSE in categories named Containment Levels; 1 being the easiest to achieve, and 4 requiring the highest performing materials and systems.
Each of the Containment Levels are derived from the grouping of Biological Agents Hazards, as published in The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens Guidance Note on the Management Design and Operation of Micro-biological Containment Laboratories.
Cousins Group have applied a wide range of liquid hygiene coating systems to meet all these Containment Levels and are able to advise on material selection, substrate requirements, design of details such as corners and intersection between wall and floor finishes etc.
Our site staff and operatives are trained to understand the importance of surface finishes to the overall efficiency of the installation and are committed to providing the highest quality of application and finish. We are experienced at creating defect free, fully continuous and airtight films, including coving and fairing, and partial or fully reinforced coatings which lap onto penetrations, ducting, floor finishes etc.
HYGIENE COATING SYSTEMS
The performance requirements for Hygiene Coating Systems may include:
The materials that may meet these requirements for hygiene coatings to walls, floors and ceilings range from single component water-based finishes through to multi-component fully reinforced systems. Examples of materials applied by Cousins to meet the operational requirements of each of the HSE Containment Levels (CL1 – CL4) include:
Example of installation
Possible wall finish
Possible floor finish
Residential care bathrooms, hospital consulting rooms
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