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Hospital Interior & Wall Damage Guide 2021

What Causes Hospital Damage & Maintenance?

Everyday damage to hospital interiors and corridors is typical, we would class these impact types as medium-duty:  pedestrians, wheelchairs, beds, chairs, trolleys, luggage and mobile equipment

The constant maintenance, repair and refurbishment of paintwork, plasterwork, woodwork and doors aren’t just frustrating and expensive, it can also lead to an accident or fall, dirt and bacteria.

Healthcare Collisions and Impacts Types Explained

Direct:
• Points of impact easily identifiable
• Damage is obvious and occurs in predictable patterns
• Commonly specified in existing buildings
• Suitable solution for refurbishment projects where the damaged areas are known

Indirect:
• Damage is difficult to predict
• Types and levels of traffic are unknown
• Commonly specified in new buildings
• Suitable for new builds where damage is trickier to predict

Wall Damage & Repairs

Why repair damaged healthcare walls?

A wall surface that is not smooth is not cleanable and is also an infection and bacteria concern. Damaged materials must be repaired or replaced to provide a cleanable hygienic surface.

How much does it cost to repair a damaged wall?

The price to hire a handyman or wall repair contractor for standard wall damage repair:

  • Materials €20 – 50
  • Approx 4 hours/€45 per hour = €180
  • Total Cost = €230

Types of Hospital Impact Protection and Damage Prevention

Hospital impact protection is designed to deflect impact and warn of extruding corners, edges, and vulnerable walls. They are used in many different hospital and healthcare receptions and corridors to help prevent injury, dirt leading to infection, protect walls and help prevent wear & tear.

  • Door Protection
  • Handrails & Bumper Rails
  • Wall Guards & Strips
  • Hygienic Cladding & PVC Wall Protection Panels
  • Corner & Bed Head Protection

Door Protection

‘Fully Clad’ with SureProtect Endure® thermoformed / post formed edges applied to new doors by the door manufacturer. The provision of intumescent fire and smoke seals provided by the door manufacturer. Usually formed and bonded by one of a door specialist

Custom PVC door protection and kick plates are 2mm thick and manufactured from impact-resistant PVC-u which is through-coloured and textured to conceal the effects of impact and abrasion. It is easy to clean and provides a cost-effective way to reduce maintenance costs and maintain the appearance of a building. Available in 35 standard colours. SureProtect Endure can be used in sheet form for total wall coverage or can be cut into rub rails or kick plates, or into bespoke designs.

It can also be thermoformed to produce bespoke profiles such as corner guards, column guards or door edge and door frame protectors.

Steel door handle push plates, perfect for schools, pharmaceutical and healthcare to retail, commercial office, leisure and hospitality.

Specification

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Dimensions: length: 350mm x width: 75mm
  • Thickness:1.5mm

Steel door kick plates, perfect for schools, pharmaceutical and healthcare to retail, commercial office, leisure and hospitality.

Specification

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Thickness:1.5mm

Handrails & Bumper Rails

What Are Bumper Rails?

Bumper rails or crash rails play a vital role in protecting walls as they dissipate impact energy along the length of the rail, without compromising the wall fixings.

Visibility

Handrails need to be easily identified and located for support and wayfinding and should be selected in a colour that has a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) that contrasts 30 points different from the surrounding surface

Guidance

Meet the guidance for distance from the wall and bracket clearance. British Standard Health Building Notes 00-04 and 00-10 (Department of Health Estates & Facilities)

Anti-bacterial

Reveals should be assembled tight, have neat joints and contain an anti-microbial agent to inhibit the growth of bacteria

Certified

Dementia Design Accredited Product. Products are designed to help meet specification guidelines including British Standard Building Regulations 2010 -Approved Document M and Approved Document K; BS 8300-2:2018, HBN 00-09 and HBN 00-03

Crash Rail

Ideally, pick a handrail & bumper rail combo that offers both direct and indirect protection against impacts from chairs, and wheeled/pedestrian traffic

Grip

Meet guidance for dimensions in relation to grip diameter, and choose a material that isn't cold to grip

Wall Guards & Strips

What is a wall guard?

A wall guard is a wall protection product designed to protect the length of a wall, such as a hallway or a corridor, from damage. … These items are commonly referred to as bumper guards, wall guards, crash rails, or chair rails depending on the manufacturer

Guards (Green)

  • A modular system comprising PVC-u covers, aluminium retainers and PVC-u accessories
  • Reveals provide tight, neat joints and contain an anti-microbial agent to inhibit the growth of bacteria
  • Replaceable, through-coloured, easy-to-clean covers
  • Continuous retainer provides rigid support whilst allowing the cover to flex, absorbing the effects of an impact

Strips (Orange)

  • Can be used along the entire length of a wall or cut down into kickplates or push plates
  • Scratch and stain resistant PVC-u is through-coloured and textured to conceal the effects of impact and abrasion
  • Available with tape for quick and easy installation, or without tape for installing with a suitable adhesive
  • Light-duty

Hygienic Cladding & PVC Wall Protection Panels

Specifically developed for areas where cleanliness and hygiene is a priority, SureProtect Pure® creates an impermeable barrier to moisture and bacteria. The smooth, easy to clean surface is an excellent hygienic alternative to ceramic tiles, removing the need for grout which can harbour bacteria. SureProtect Pure® is manufactured from PVC-u material that has been extensively tested to ensure suitability in hygienic environments. The product adheres to guidance set out in The Health Building Note 00-09 and the Food Standards Agency, making it the perfect solution for healthcare environments and commercial kitchens. It is also ideal for sport and leisure facilities, food manufacturing environments, pharmaceutical laboratories, dentist practices, veterinary surgeries and bathrooms.

SureProtect Endure® PVC-u sheet is through coloured and textured to conceal the effects of impact and abrasion. It can be specified as a stand-alone product or be combined with other Gradus wall protection products to create a comprehensive protection system. Specifying SureProtect Endure® helps to reduce the need to repair and re-paint wall surfaces and with minimal maintenance, optimises the appearance retention of the building interior. It is commonly specified in environments exposed to high levels of pedestrian traffic such as corridors and circulation areas, canteens, classrooms and waiting areas.

PVC rub rails can be used to provide a cost-effective solution to protect entire wall lengths or surfaces exposed to impact and abrasion. They can also be used to protect walls behind items such as tables and chairs, to prevent damage occurring from furniture movement. 

Modern and stylish in appearance, SureProtect Design® highlights building interiors whilst still offering excellent surface protection. Finishes include wood effects, metals and bespoke prints to accommodate any interior design theme. Ideal for applications where aesthetics is important such as reception areas, leisure facilities, hotel lobbies, retirement homes and university campuses.

Corner & Bed Head Protection

Bed head protector bumper guards for hospitals and nursing homes, prevent wall and machinery damage

Why not check out our hospital protection range:
wall strips, handrails, door protection, hygienic cladding, stainless steel protectors and

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Safety Barrier Comparison 2021

Choosing the right barrier guide, last thing you want is replacing barriers and bad building damage and repairs, or worse, an accident

1. Safety

Visibility

Quite simply, your best defence in a fast moving environment is being seen.

High visibility yellow barriers are critical for for worker and forklift driver safety, especially for protecting warehouse pedestrian walkways

A warehouse manager once said: “High visibility barriers changed our people’s awareness. They have consciously and subconsciously improved habits, which now results in far fewer impacts.”

The high visibility feature heightens awareness and reduces accidental impact damage. You should aim to create a culture of safety first with your employees.

A high-vis yellow guardrail will safely define and restrict pedestrian access to hazardous and dangerous areas.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Visibility
3/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Visibility
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Visibility
5/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Visibility
5/5

Accidents

Protruding edges, sharp corners, rough steel, chipped powder coat can cause undue harm and injury to personnel. The slightest nick to sensitive skin could mean an infection to the staff member.

reduce worker accidents with plastic barriers, less trip hazard fixings, no sharp corners, keep your people safe

The soft rounded profile that an HDPE flexible barrier offers, is far less likely to cause injury to your people.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Accidents
3/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Accidents
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Accidents
4/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Accidents
5/5

Protection

“Barrier coverage” describes the surface area a barrier protects.

How much does protection coverage or safety area does my barrier give my workers? Barrier forks can be very dangerous, HSA reccomends heavy duty barriers for forklift areas

Some barriers have ground level protection beams, some have double level protective beams, and some have a full height (usually up to 1100mm high)

Light duty hoop barriers do not perform well in the case of protection coverage – they are primarily used for delineation, highlighting and restricting access.

Steel crash barrier guardrails fair well in this category. With different posts available, beams can be positioned at different heights, there’s also a handrail add-on.

HDPE Barriers will give you maximum protection levels, for example, warehouse pedestrian walkways.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Protection
4/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Protection
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Protection
1/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Protection
5/5

2. Damage & Collisions

Durability

“Durability is the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage, without significant deterioration in quality”

How long will my barrier last? Well, that depends on a few external factors.

Which barrier you choose depedns on the area, forklifts need heavy duty, trolleys need light duty. Image shows light duty steel walkway barrier

Steel barriers: Ask yourself, are the barriers galvanised, is it likely to rust, is it powder coated, or painted? How thick, and what grade steel has been used to manufacture the barrier?

HDPE barrier: Stronger than steel and independently tested for impact. Is the product UV stabilised, what life span can I expect? Also, familiarise internal components and design.

As part of your Health and Safety policy, you should implement a regular check on the integrity of the barrier systems. Has there been a major impact? Do you need to replace the system or call your local maintenance team?

Barrier impact test report example excerpt:
“equivalent to an impact from a 6,500 lb [2948 kg] vehicle traveling at 4.5 mph [7.2 km/h]. In testing, the barrier was subjected to higher loadings and further deflections.”

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Durability
4/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Durability
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Durability
1/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Durability
5/5

Vehicle Protection

Forklifts and material handling equipment are an expensive investment, consider the damage a barrier type may inflict on your machinery.

Inexperienced and under-trained forklift operatives are one of the most dangerous hazards to your staff, vehicles and property.

Impacts and accidents are inevitable, therefore selecting a hi-vis HDPE barrier that doesn’t have acute corners or hard edges will minimise superficial damage to your forklift.

Steel on steel impact = scratches to both vehicle and the barrier.

Image of forklift safely impacting flexible safety barrier, steel barriers would damage your forklift and result in costly repairs
Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Vehicle Protection
2/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Vehicle Protection
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Vehicle Protection
3/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Vehicle Protection
5/5

Impacts

Different impact barriers will absorb deflected impacts at varying angles better than others.

When deciding what barrier, assess what traffic, is it pedestrian, forklift or trolley? If forklift traffic route, install a heavy duty barrier

To simplify the impacts that may be happening in your premises, prepare a risk assessment – label the type of impact into light, medium or heavy impact.

  • LIGHT impact is classed as general wear & tear from pedestrian or light goods trollies
  • MEDIUM impact is a stacked pallet truck
  • HEAVY impact is a forklift, van or truck
Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Deflected & Direct Impacts Defence
4/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Deflected & Direct Impacts Defence
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Deflected & Direct Impacts Defence
2/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Deflected & Direct Impacts Defence
5/5

3. Upkeep & Hygiene

Maintenance

Maintenance is an integral part of every business.

Is the barrier scratched – can you repaint it with the matching colour?

Do you need to touch up rust spots?

barrier maintenance is costly, repairs, etc. Assign staff to do regiular barrier checks. Is pint it visible, it it loose? Is it safe?

If you choose the latest HDPE designs, then a quick wipe of clean damp cloth will drastically cut your maintenance budgets over time and keeps your premises looking newer for longer.

 

As part of your Health and Safety policy, you should implement a regular check on the integrity of the barrier systems. Has there been a major impact? Do you need to replace the system or call your local maintenance team?

A maintenance manual (O&M manual) should be a key part of your companies safety policy.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Maintenance
3/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Maintenance
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Maintenance
2/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Maintenance
5/5

Material Types

“Decisions decisions – should I choose a metal barrier or a polymer barrier?”

Ask yourself, will the barrier contribute to your overall health and safety policy.

Barrier material types as follows: PVC, HDPE flexible, steel galvanised, powder coated steel

Polymer HDPE Barriers are the preferred option especially where hygiene is at the forefront eg. pharmaceuticals, food & drink processing, healthcare, cosmetic manufacturing industries to name a few.

Contamination is a constant worry, so pick a product that is easy to keep clean.

Traditional metal barriers may have slight corrosion, starting to chip (flaky paint), and often get overlooked if a regular cleaning schedule is not maintained.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Material
3/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Material
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Material
4/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Material
5/5

Building & General Repairs

Heavy duty impacts will likely ‘rip up’ your floor.
Industrial grade floors are extremely expensive to install and expensive to repair (1sqm could cost up to €1,000)

Floor damage is common after a heavy duty barrier impact like a forklift hit, get floor protecting barriers

With this in mind, consider which barrier system is least likely to damage your floor following impact, and least likely to cost you unforeseen repair costs.

An incorrectly placed barrier is a serious subject, a collapsed wall or pallet rack could potentially be fatal, make sure this doesn’t happen.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Floor Protection
3/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Floor Protection
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Floor Protection
3/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Floor Protection
5/5

4. Installation

Difficulty

How difficult is it to install a Safety Barrier?
Naturally, this is heavily dictated by experience and training.

If you are familiar with power tools and can follow instructions, most maintenance persons can install a barrier without too much difficulty.

Installing safety barriers can be tricky. The qustions are, do you have the power tools, experience and training?

Considerations:
If I’m installing a steel barrier – how heavy it is? Do I need more than 1 person to assist in manoeuvring the material?

Should I use a ‘bolt down’ fixture, or invest in a ‘cast in’ option…

What is the substrate type? Is the substrate in good condition. Are there underlying services to be aware of.

Do I have the required power tools, if I don’t, how much will it cost to hire or purchase new ones? Do I need specialist equipment – do I need a cert to use specialist equipment.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Ease Of Install
1/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Ease Of Install
4/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Ease Of Install
5/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Ease Of Install
2/5

Creating Perimeters

A Standard Metal Hoop Barrier is not usually considered modular – as it is usually fabricated in single units. Add on mods are generally installed ‘side by side’.

The graphic below shows a modular forklift barrier protecting an extra-large warehouse structural column where a standard column guard wouldn’t fit. 

Modular barriers basically accomodate and space or perimeter as you so please, extra large columns need modular barriers as standard column protection doesn't fit

“Modular- constructed with standardised units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use”

Both the Heavy Duty Crash Barrier and the HDPE Barriers are considered modular. You can adjust the lengths required during installation. There are accessories available to create bends, returns and terminal ends.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Modular
3/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Modular
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Modular
1/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Modular
4/5

Removability

Can I re-use and relocate an existing barrier if I decide to re-organise my premises.
What fixings / installation has been used. Will my floor be ok if I relocate a barrier?

Choose a barrier that lends itself to future relocation, over a static solid option.

Removing or relocating a barrier can be tough. What installation type, what anchor type? Do you have power tools? Will the floor break, can I repair it?

In the pharmaceutical industry, warehouse space is often downsized to make room for new laboratory space. Laboratory space is more profitable.

Steel guardrail protection, assets, buildings, vehicles, heavy duty anti rust, perfect for external use
Removability
2/5
Steel perimeter barrier for warehouse, this has removable beams for access. Ideal for protecting critical buidling controls, lodaing bay switches, downpipes
Removability
3/5
Yellow hoop barrier, powder coated safety barrier. Modular cheap solution
Removability
4/5
Yellow flexible safety barrier, ideal for forklift protection. Certified impact tested
Removability
5/5

5. Conclusion & Price Range

In conclusion, check out the barrier assessment cheat sheet below, this will give you an understanding of when to use what barrier type where.

Remember, safety is paramount in every business, and barriers are just the tip of the iceberg but why not start here.

Author notes: Regardless of which barrier you choose, the ultimate performance is determined by the adequacy of the surrounding ground.

If you are implementing a full warehouse safety policy, you should always perform a Risk Assessment and consult a professional safety expert.
This content is provided for informational and guidance purposes only.

Barrier Assessment Cheat Sheet

Armco barrier end cap protecting pedestrians from sharp edges in a warehouse. End cap supplier, for sale in Ireland.

Heavy Duty Crash Barrier

Material: Plain galvanised steel 3mm

Price Range: Budget – Mid

Application: Car parks, service yards, perimeter protection, rack ends

Yellow Steel barrier guard in a warehouse floor for warehouse displayed on brandeed background, for sale and supply in Ireland

Yellow Hoop Barrier

Material: Mild steel, powder coated

Price Range: Budget – Mid

Application: Delineation, light-duty impacts

Warehouse perimeter barrier for protecting switchboard and electrical controls in ireland

Galvanised Steel Access Barrier

Material: Galvanised & powder coated

Price Range: Mid-High

Application: Mechanical & electrical control protection (e.g loading bay switches, downpipes, etc)

Warehouse protection barrier_ireland being tested by forklift impact

HDPE Flexible Barrier

Material: HDPE with iron core and rubber damper floor protection technology

Price Range: High-end Certified

Application: Suited to almost every aspect of your premises that requires heavy-duty protection and the utmost safety

Need exact prices or barrier advice?

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Finding Handrails for Awkward Spaces

Handrails in awkward situation

Today, elderly people and those with limited mobility aren’t sitting at home isolated.  Public spaces are being reimagined to make them more accessible for everyone.  Handrails are a simple way to make your shop, nursing home or hospital more comfortable.  With a good modular handrail system such as Interclamp, you can devise precisely what you need.  Some spaces, particularly in older buildings, are a bit awkward.  But using a modular handrail system allows you to customize the handrails to fit the space.  You don’t have to leave any spaces without handrails with this bespoke solution. Interclamp is suitable for internal/indoor and outdoor/external use.

External/outdoor or internal/indoor stairs modular handrail for elderly, nursing homes or hospitals

It isn’t only the elderly and disabled populations who need handrails.  Anyone can be injured or become ill and find that a handrail makes visiting a business much easier.  Handrails are important for stairs too, both indoors and outdoors.  They can help prevent accidents, and people generally feel more secure knowing they are there in case of a slip or trip.  Children too need handrails on stairs.  And Ireland’s wet climate means surfaces both outdoors and inside near entrances can become very slippery.

nursing home or hopsital corridor handrail / way finding support,  reduce accidents and falls

How a Modular Handrail System Works for You

You assemble a modular handrail system with the precise size and shape components that you require for your specific space.  You can design precisely the handrails you need to fit the dimensions.  Some older buildings can have awkward spaces, especially if they have been remodelled to accommodate modern offices.  But a modular handrail system is extremely flexible.

You can purchase the components you need.  The Interclamp brand offers joinings beyond the basic T and X options.  They supply adjustable knuckle connections and adjustable T connections so you can position the railings at the exact angle you need.  Interclamp also manufactures double swivel joinings for both corners and flat spaces.  These allow you to change the angle of a rail at any point where it is needed.  

Before installing handrails, you should check the local building regulations to ensure you are purchasing the modular handrail components that meet the criteria for your building’s use.  Buildings that host large crowds such as stadiums and concert halls need handrails that can withstand more use and abuse than the handrails in a small clinic or high street shop, for example.

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Finding the Right Nursing Home Wall Protection

With so many options on the market, how do you know which is the best nursing home wall protection? The main considerations are:

  • Protection
  • Guidance
  • Performance
  • Anti-bacterial & cleanability
  • Visibility

It must offer excellent damage protection.  But it must also look appropriate and be easily maintained. Hospital damage protection equipment can often look institutional, and with patients only staying a short time for care, that is fine.  But a nursing home is just that – a home.  And a stainless steel wall protector does not really look like home.

Protection & Guidance

Nursing home wall protection needs to be functional in two ways.  It must offer heavy duty wall protection, and it must help residents with limited mobility. It should be designed to provide practical care and accommodate medical equipment, trolleys and wheelchairs. Items such as carts of medical equipment or medication and trolleys will knock into the walls, so hospital damage prevention measures are important. There is regulations in regards handrail grip: HBN 00-04, HBN 00-10, BS8300:2009+A1:2010 and Approved Documents K & M of The Building Regulations 2010. All Gradus wall protection is specified to the above requirements. For example, the handrail element of the CHR160 (shown below) features a 38mm diameter and incorporates a thumb groove to offer a comfortable grip in line with guidance.

Nursing home and hospital corridor hygienic antibacterial handrail

Visibility & Wayfinding

Handrails need to be easily identified and located for support and wayfinding and should be selected in a colour that has a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) that is 30 points different from the surrounding surface. All Gradus handrail colours have been measured to provide LRVs

Hygiene & Performance

It’s recommended your wall protection is independently tested for impact resistance, fire performance and chemical/bacterial/fungal resistance. You should also have a scheduled maintenance programme to prevent the build-up of dirt and grease, which will detract from the overall appearance of the product and can lead to the spread of germs and bacteria. When cleaning handrails, particular attention should be paid to the underside of the handrail as this is where dirt and grease can build up. The cleaned surface should then be ‘rinse wiped’ using clean water and then thoroughly dried using a soft cloth. This ensures all cleaning residue is removed. Make sure to read your wall protection instructions before using abrasive cleaners, solvents or cleaning pads.

Decorative & Hospital Damage Protection 

Most nursing home residents understand they are there for the duration of their lives.  They know they are no longer able to live independently.  This is a painful realization.  And the decoration and atmosphere of the nursing home should be sensitive to this. Gradus Wall Protection Ireland offers a range of options that can suit any environment or décor.  Offering excellent protection, this line includes a choice of 34 standard colour options.  This means it can blend in and even enhance the décor at any facility.  Instead of looking institutional and drab, this nursing home wall protection can brighten up a room and create a cheerful, homey look.  Gradus Wall Protection Ireland also offers a range of wood, metal and composite finishes.  For a very customized alternative, they can also do a bespoke printed design.

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If you need assistance or guidance on how to protect your people and property, get in touch today. Damage is inevitable, workplaces are unpredictable, SVL solutions are essential.

 

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How To Clean Your Social Distancing Screens

Social distancing screens for separation in Ireland, this is separating desks in a office space

How to clean your social distancing screens – do’s & don’ts

  1. Lint-free cloth, tepid water with a light soap
  2. Do not wipe in circular motions- wipe in one direction using parallel, overlapping strokes
  3. Apply soft pressure to avoid scratching or blemishes
  4. Do not use sharp or hard objects to remove stubborn dirt or stains – avoid using fingernails to
  5. Air drying is the best practice to achieve a pristine finish and avoid scratching and scrapes

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Products in our Social Distancing Protection Solutions: sneeze guards, free standing screens, PPE, face masks, hygienic dispensers, retractable barrier belts, separation barriers, and rails.

Checkout screens for social distancing protection from COVID in Ireland, keep customers and staff safe

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Creating A Safer Forklift Environment

Forklift stopped in warehouse in between two aisles of racking, with forks down to create a safer forklift environment, rack legs are protected by rack mounted guards

SVL is Ireland’s premier all-in-one impact protection and damage prevention provider. We’re on the ground in warehouses across the country, creating a safer forklift environment is an ongoing challenge.

In this article, we identify the most common risks and outline what measures you can take to reduce damage and accidents.

Forklift Design and Type

Forklifts vary in function, size, weight and construction. Consider these variables when deciding the appropriate speed, the greater the weight, the slower the speed.

Internal Routes

Forklift routes should be assessed and mapped accordingly. Key factors include the number of vehicles in operation and pedestrian traffic. The ceiling heights, surface type and skid capacity will also determine the distance required to stop the vehicle.

Pedestrian Awareness

If pedestrian walkways intersect forklift routes like at a loading bay, slower speed limits are necessary. Also, appropriate markings with clear signage, pedestrian safety barriers and or bollards are imperative.

Vision

A driver’s visibility is key, are there blind spots due to racking, beams or columns? Drivers must not operate in areas of low light. In the instance of carrying a high load, does your premises require a goalpost to warn the driver of imminent danger from above?

Driver Alertness

Ramps, curves, barriers, bollards and bumps in the road are just a few obstacles you need to look out for. Forklift speed must decrease as a ramp declines. Be wary of sharp turning movements, toppling a forklift is not uncommon, especially with a raised load.

Diagram illustrating where a forklift's balance should be maintained, aided by a triangle target stay within to create a safer forklift environment

Centre Of Gravity

A forklift has a three-point suspension system. A visual cue to help a driver understand the forklift’s centre of gravity is the stability triangle. The two base triangle points are found in line with the two front wheels, and the third point(apex) of the triangle is within the rear wheels.

Factors that alter the centres of gravity: ramps, slopes, raised loads, speed, sudden turns, uneven terrain, unbalanced load, heavy loads.

Should you require any further detail on creating a safer forklift environment, or wish to place an order, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Improving Material Handling Safety

Forklifts, pallet jacks and other mobile equipment make material handling easier and more efficient for employees of factories, warehouses and distribution centres. But when not utilised properly, this heavy machinery can also put the safety of material handling in jeopardy.

Below are 10 ways safety can be improved through the proper use of material handling equipment, as recommended by our partners in McCue.

Improving Material Handling Safety

  1. Allow only trained, certified and qualified employees to operate forklifts and other heavy machinery.
  2. Perform daily inspections and audits on all material handling equipment.
  3. Keep paths and aisles clean and free of any loose debris that could get in the way of machinery.
  4. Operators and supervisors should know and adhere to the size and weight restrictions for each piece of equipment and never attempt to lift or transport more than the recommended capacity.
  5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be worn at all times during equipment operation, and seat belts should always be used.
  6. Employees who do not operate machinery but work near it should also be properly trained in safe practices for doing so.
  7. When finished with use, equipment should be lowered to ground level, turned off with keys removed and stored out of the way.
  8. Materials should be inspected before loading to ensure the pallet is intact, any lids or protective wrapping are properly sealed, and the stack is stable.
  9. Have an emergency plan in place and make sure all employees know how to execute it.
  10. Perform preventive maintenance on all equipment on a regular basis to ensure it is always in good working order.

 

Implementing Safety Measures

One of the easiest ways to improve material handling safety in any facility is to install bollards, protectors, guards and other items wherever heavy machinery is used.

Alongside McCue, SVL specialize in damage prevention and impact protection. So contact us today, and get your premises up to date with the latest designs and products.

  • Bollards
  • Crash and pedestrian barriers
  • Rack guards and end protectors
  • Column guards
  • Door protectors & Goal Posts
  • Flex posts

These products can greatly improve safety by minimizing impact and absorbing shock when collisions happen.

 

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Could a Fresh Shopfit Increase Your Profits?

shop fit

Having a complete store fitting done and replacing your shop equipment can be an expensive venture.  But if done correctly, it can pay off with increased sales.  To learn if a new shopfit could help your retail venture, you need to consider a few things.  Before you make a decision about whether to do a whole store fitting or just replace some shop equipment, consider these points.

  • What is your return per square metre? How does it compare with your industry and local norms?  If you think your store needs freshening up but your return per square metre is above average for your niche and geographic location, it might make sense to simply replace any worn out retail display units or retail shelving.
  • Are you striving to improve customer flow through the space?  Look for any dead space, areas that are not well used and perhaps need to be redesigned.  Consider how items are grouped and arranged.  Does it make sense?  The goal is to entice shoppers from one section to the next without frustrating them.
  • A shopfit is about more than just retail display units and shop equipment.  Think about lighting.  Will you need to change the lighting when you do a store fitting?  Or would just changing the lighting be enough?
  • When you are preparing your budget for a shopfit, remember that if you move your retail shelving, it might expose a contrast between worn areas of the floor and places that have been protected by your shop equipment.  Will you need to replace the flooring?

When you are considering a having a new store fitting, you have to think carefully about the cost.  Consult with experienced professionals to get a good idea of all of the costs involved, and set a target for how of an increase you would need to see in your return per square metre.  A fresh shopfit could make better use of your space, allowing you to fit in more merchandise and arrange it in a more appealing way.  You could develop better storage strategies to create more retail floor space.  And you can use eye-catching new retail display units to increase impulse spending.  A new store fitting is a significant investment, but it can be one that is well worth making.

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Protect Your Landscaping this Summer

Car park - Landscaping

Spring has been slow to start, but now the sun is out more often and finally plants are starting to bloom.  What do people see when they arrive at your retail premises?  Have you put in any attractive landscaping?  Maybe you have a few trees in the car park or some flowering shrubs around the perimeter.  Whatever you’ve done to make your premises more attractive, you want it to stay that way with the right damage prevention equipment.

Summer brings out some hazards as well as the sun.  Along with the fresh greenery and flowers, we get those few individuals who don’t seem to notice the actual entrance to your location and barge across the landscaped areas, stomping on your groundcover.  Bored youth can apparently mistake your car park for the town park and park themselves there, leaving behind a mound of litter.  Or worse still, they can decide your car park makes an awesome skate park.  Damage prevention is a proactive approach to protecting your landscaping and car park with steel barriers and bollards.

Damage Prevention for Landscaping

When the weather is poor, people are generally driving to your location.  But when the sun comes out, if you are in a residential area, you are likely to see more foot traffic.  And some of that foot traffic will try to take a short cut across your landscaped areas.  Bollards are a good way to designate the route you want them to take to your entrance, but steel barriers such as the Armco crash barrier, are what will keep them out of the landscaping.  An Armco crash barrier will also stop any out of control cars from driving up on your landscaped areas.

Youth loitering in the car park are a harder problem to solve.  One extra benefit of using bollards and steel barriers instead of cement walls is that they are not comfortable seating.  Good lighting and good design are two important tactics.  Make sure your car park does not have any dark corners or crannies that give people a place to lurk out of sight.  Making surfaces less appealing for skateboarding also helps.  Perhaps the most important strategy for making your car park uninviting for youth is to have a human presence.  Assign staff to patrol the car park frequently and to be seen doing tasks outside the store.  A watchful eye is a powerful damage prevention tool.

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Protecting the Smallest Shoppers

Safe shop

Let’s be honest.  A toddler in the store is no one’s idea of a good time, least of all the parent’s.  Yes, they are adorable.  And in the right humour, a two or three year old child will brighten the day of everyone whose path she crosses.  But we’ve all seen a little one hit their limit with shopping and pitch the kind of fit that sends people fleeing.  Small children are curious, impulsive and emotional.  While those are great traits in the adults shopping with you, the don’t bode well for little ones.  They can lead to upset and injury.  But as a retailer, you can take steps to make your shop safer for those little tornado toddlers.  And it is in everyone’s best interest that you do.

Finger Protection

Anyone can get their fingers pinched in a door, but it’s more likely to be a child.  They just don’t have the awareness to keep their fingers out of harm’s way.  But you can install finger protection.  A finger protector is a sort of shield that prevents those little fingers from squeezing into the space between the hinged side of a door and the door frame.  Fingersafe Ireland make a range of door finger protectors to suit the doors to cafes, toilets and fitting rooms in shops.  Installing finger protectors from Fingersafe Ireland makes shopping safer for small children and less stressful for parents.

Baby Safety Seat

Stores that use trolleys with baby seats have already solved the problem of where baby can safely relax while parents shop.   But not all shops have trolleys.  Many clothing and accessory stores don’t have trolleys.  And more and more parents use baby slings and carriers to take their children out and about.  But where can they safely put their baby to try on clothes or make up samples?  Certainly not on the floor!  A baby safety seat is the answer.  And please remember that daddies take babies shopping and try on clothing too.  The men’s fitting rooms should have at least one unit with a baby safety seat.

Making shops safer for small children means their parents can relax and enjoy their shopping experience.  Relaxed parents can look around more, and that means they are likely to buy more.  Door finger protection and baby safety seats are a good investment that will pay off over time.