What role does flooring play in your facilities?


Across the United States and Canada, member contractors of the Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership have helped clients develop a return-to-work strategy with practical guidance developed from a site assessment. Here is an overview of Starnet for facility managers.

Cost avoidance. Getting people back to work can resuscitate procedures that haven’t been used in a few years, such as injury data collection, incident reporting and risk analysis. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), eight million people each year seek emergency treatment for accidental falls, and 25,000 will die from their fall. 55% of all slips, trips and falls can be directly attributed to walking surfaces.

The Cost Avoidance Site Assessment includes a review of incident reports and a physical inspection of hazardous areas related to your facility’s flooring. A professional flooring contractor will help you prescribe preventative solutions to reduce future financial pitfalls and challenges related to flooring-related injuries. This includes safety and product selection for particularly hazardous areas such as exterior entrances, stairwells, level changes, elevator and escalator transitions, restroom access and halls rest.

Additional cost avoidance consultation can be applied to product life expectancy, product solutions that can provide reduced insurance costs, ongoing maintenance savings and recovery.

Health and security. Site assessments for health and safety would include a review of products currently used in the space and their impact on air quality, durability and efficiency of maintenance operations. Starnet member contractors have access to thousands of products that can help organizations achieve their sustainability goals, backed by independent third-party data and certifications.

Are you looking for sustainable products with low impact, no red list, post-consumer recycled content or low VOC materials? Starnet members are product knowledge experts covering thousands of floor coverings, underlays, adhesives, accessories and maintenance products. Each product is an integral part of creating a complete flooring system in support of facility planning and operations.

During the pandemic, many disinfectants and maintenance chemicals have been introduced to maintain commercial flooring. Starnet Floor Care technicians can help assess whether these chemicals and procedures are effective and safe for people and products over the long term.

Other considerations for health and safety site assessments may include a review of guidance solutions, targeting chronic dampness or mold conditions, or providing effective product solutions to assist the visually impaired.

Productivity. One of the great challenges of facilities management is to create dynamic places that connect the purpose, values ​​and objectives of an organization or company to its employees. Productivity-related site reviews can include evidence of delivering great products and their potential impact on improving morale and company brand continuity.

A professional flooring contractor can examine the interaction of employees in a space and suggest different surfaces that can improve the effectiveness of the interaction, such as sliding a chair to a quick meeting with a colleague. In a flexible space, the interplay between furniture and flooring choices is vital to productivity. This is not a high priority in fixed private offices, but as furniture, technology and people move around an interior more frequently, these elements need to work together.

An experienced flooring contractor brings additional expertise to the process to balance flooring performance with acoustic and ergonomic considerations. A noisy and distracting space or an interior that does not help alleviate fatigue has dramatic impacts on productivity. Starnet members help develop solutions during their site assessments that can improve the productivity of any employee, whether it’s a nurse or a stockbroker.

Other productivity considerations may include reducing churn or cycle time to properly sanitize a patient room, targeting high wear areas with trendy colors and patterns to brighten the space to employees, reduce stress and eye strain, or provide flexible power and floor cable management solutions. for several space plan changes.

Site Assessment Results

Most C-level executives agree that a safer office environment improves an organization’s bottom line. Flooring is an element that inevitably has an impact on each occupant, so the investment in it has a wide impact. Cost avoidance, health and safety, and productivity should be central to site assessments for construction crews. Through this effort, they contribute to their organization’s mission to attract, motivate and retain top talent.

Bischoff is President and CEO of Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership, the largest network of full-service independent flooring contractors. Through partnerships with commercial flooring professionals and flooring manufacturers, Starnet helps deliver successful project results in service of the customer’s vision.

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