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Hygiene and safety: top priority

Hygiene and safety: top priority

The business community is currently facing many challenges, including in the area of hygienic issues. In recent years, Bolidt has focused increasingly on the theme of hygiene. It is central to its own business operations, but also to the development of synthetic applications. Years of innovation have resulted in floors (and walls) that combat multi-resistant bacteria outbreaks and that have hygienic properties – being seamless, antimicrobial, easy to clean, just to name a few of their qualities. Bolidt likes to share its experience and thinks along with companies about all kinds of applications with which hygiene can be increased. 

The business community is currently facing many challenges, including in the area of hygienic issues. In recent years, Bolidt has focused increasingly on the theme of hygiene. It is central to its own business operations, but also to the development of synthetic applications. Years of innovation have resulted in floors (and walls) that combat multi-resistant bacteria outbreaks and that have hygienic properties – being seamless, antimicrobial, easy to clean, just to name a few of their qualities. Bolidt likes to share its experience and thinks along with companies about all kinds of applications with which hygiene can be increased. In any sector; from the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare to education, biotechnology and the food industry.

In the food industry, hygiene and safety are at the top of the priority list. Whether it concerns poultry farms, bakeries, fish processors or dairy factories: food safety and human and animal health must not be endangered for a single moment. Sharp, precautionary measures are required, starting with the basics; the right floor prevents outbreaks of bacteria, is easy to clean and ensures that employees can do their work safely, even in extreme temperatures and wet conditions.  

A virus outbreak can have enormous consequences in the poultry industry. This proved to be the case again in 2019. Poultry farms worldwide – from Bulgaria to Egypt and from Iran to Taiwan – were struck by bird flu. Thousands of animals had to be put down, resulting in major financial damage. In addition to bird flu, the poultry industry has to deal with many more threats, including Salmonella, Candida, Listeria and Staphylococcus. All kinds of precautions are taken to prevent outbreaks of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and fungi, from hygiene protocols and shower regulations to the daily chemical cleaning of rooms and machines. Strict hygiene is not only important for animal welfare and food safety, but naturally, also for the health of employees.

Floors of vital importance
Optimal hygiene and safety starts with the basics: the floor. The following applies to every sector of the food industry: a hygienic floor is a seamless, non-porous floor. Every hole and every crack can lead to dirt and bacteria formation. The transition from floors to, for example, walls and drains must also be seamless for the same reason. In addition, abrasion resistance and durability are important conditions to prevent holes and cracks from occurring. Machines and heavy traffic of transport equipment are a heavy burden. Acids – especially nitric acid and lactic acid – can also quickly damage a floor. In short, a floor must be able to take a beating and be suitable for at least 20 years of intensive use.

Another advantage of seamless floors is that they are easy to clean. That is, as long as they are resistant to the daily use of high pressure sprayers and chemicals. This immediately brings us to the subject of safety. Water and chemicals, but also ingredients and animal remains can make a floor as slippery as an ice rink. A rough,...

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Dennis Van Grevenbroek

Dennis Van Grevenbroek

Sales Manager, Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems

Although the poultry industry might not jump to mind when thinking about innovation, it definitely should! Innovations regarding hygiene and safety are our main focus. In addition, the poultry industry is evolving with changing demands from the market. How does this affect the flooring requirements? Would you like to learn more about our flooring and wall solutions for the poultry industry? Let’s connect.

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