Safety flooring gets bark of approval at Guide Dogs Training School

Polyflor’s Polysafe Verona PUR safety flooring was installed to create a new training area with sustainable wet slip resistance for dogs and their handlers at the recently refurbished Guide Dogs for the Blind Training School in Woodford Green, Essex.

Around 450m2 of Polysafe Verona PUR sheet vinyl flooring in the vibrant Blue Lagoon 5206 shade was installed in the school’s training and demonstration area to create a safe working area for handlers and dogs when going through their regular training routines. As a registered charity, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association provides continued support to blind and partially sighted people through the breeding and training of Guide Dogs to aid mobility and freedom for the visually impaired.

The flooring’s high design appeal with built-in safety also led to the range being specified and fitted to front of house corridors, stairways and canteen areas at the facility by contractors Southern Services in Aldershot. The Verona range’s virtually invisible slip resistant particles and complementary tonal chips offer the high clarity look of a smooth vinyl floor with the performance of a safety floor.

Julie Pithers, Assistant Facilities Manager at The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association commented, “The hard wearing and slip resistant nature of Polysafe Verona makes it ideal for use throughout the Training School as we have regular footfall as well as the paws moving across the floor of course! Our dogs often undertake rigorous routines with their handlers, the floor has coped admirably with this and cleans up very well. We are impressed with the overall look too, it really lifts the environment.”

Guaranteed to deliver sustainable wet slip resistance throughout its guaranteed lifetime, the high performance Polysafe Verona range fully adheres to the European Standard for safety flooring EN 13845 and meets all HSE and UK Slip Group Guidelines for slip resistance. Verona achieves 36+ on the Pendulum wet test, has a surface roughness of 20 microns and above and meets the 50,000 cycles abrasion test, ensuring the virtually invisible particles incorporated into the product are sustainable and will provide continued friction over the long term.

The Polysafe Verona range is enhanced with Polysafe PUR polyurethane reinforcement which is cross linked and UV cured so it can be easily maintained with a simple cleaning regime. Polysafe Verona flooring also contains recycled content and is 100% recyclable through the Recofloor vinyl take back scheme. Verona samples can be ordered free of charge on the Polyflor website or by calling the Polyflor Samples Direct Hotline on 0161 767 2551.