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Best Practice Tips for the Auto Mechanic - Safety in the Workplace

Whether you are a seasoned auto mechanic or are just opening your first shop, it never hurts to take a look around at your safety for yourself, staff and customers alike. So we have gathered a few tips here to help keep your garage accident free and the cars the cars you are working on safe.

General Safety

  • Make sure that staff are aware that they are not allowed to eat their lunches or snacks in the work area. There are dangerous chemicals in the garage, and this practice can be risky.
  • Have a fire safety procedure posted and make sure all staff are familiar with it and understand what to do in case a fire starts.
  • Spill control materials should be kept in the garage, and all staff should be aware of the location as well as proper use.
  • Eyewash and shower stations should also be available in case of emergency.

Once all of these safety precautions are in place review with all staff members and be certain new staff members are taken through the routine.

Flooring

When it comes to your floors ensure they to meet OH&S requirements

  • The floor of your garage must have drains that are correctly connected to the sewer as dictated and outlined by your local council.
  • You may also require an oil-water separator.
  • Consider an epoxy garage floor coatings such as Rhino Armafloor to seal and protect the floor.  Keep in mind that any product used should be non-combustible as well as resistant to chemicals and oils.
  • Floors should be free of cracks and damage that would allow for leaking and seepage of harmful chemicals. 
  • Another advantage of having an epoxy floor coating like Rhino ArmaFloor installed, are that they are seamless, slip resistant, easy to clean and durable.
  • Not only are epoxy floors functional, that are aesthetically pleasing too.
  • With the use of custom coloured pigments, areas can be easily marked out for walkways and access areas.

General Equipment

  • Light bulbs used in the garage area should be Teflon coated.
  • The use of mini-heaters and furnaces should not be allowed in the garage.
  • Your hydraulic lifts must be checked on a monthly basis to avoid deadly accidents.
  • You should also do routine checks for things such as frayed extension or electrical cords, ensure you have them TAG tested.

Following these basic safety tips will help you avoid accidents as well as serious issues with chemicals and potential fire hazards.

Posted in: Rhino Linings Blog at 31 October 18


Loading Dock Floors

Slip-resistant surfaces, clear, unfettered access and defined pedestrian walkways help combat potential hazards around loading dock floors.

A loading dock, whether it be for a warehouse, hotel,  shopping centre or industrial premises is the key point of access for the delivery and dispatch of stock.  It is essential that these areas are well designed, maintenance free,  provide clear access and meet OH&S requirements for the prevention of slip, trips and falls.

“Slips occur when a person’s foot loses traction with the ground surface due to wearing inappropriate footwear or when walking on slippery floor surfaces such as those that are highly polished, wet or greasy.” [Safework Australia. 2012]

Most loading docks and access areas, including walkways, are concrete.  However, uncoated concrete can be slippery, particularly if water or liquid has been accidentally spilt.  If this an issue in your workplace, rather than replacing the floor, have it coated with a slip-resistant surface coating such as Rhino Linings ArmaFloor 400UHS.

A case in point is this busy loading dock walkway which is located at an inner city apartment in Southbank, Victoria.  In addition to being coated with Rhino ArmaFloor 400UHS, slip-resistant particles were added to this loading dock floor providing safe access to and from the dock.  What’s more, the floor coating was custom coloured to define the pedestrian walkway ensuring the area is highly visible for all users, further improving safety in the workplace.

Rhino Linings Flooring applicators offer a range of solutions and long-term benefits for the customer whose focus is on safety in the workplace, long-lasting durability and minimal downtime. Contact us now for more information.

Save on cost, Save on time, Save on OH&S penalties.

Posted in: Rhino Linings Blog at 25 September 18


Modular Home - Waterproofing and Flooring

EPOXY FLOORING - ANOTHER FLOORING OPTION FOR MODULAR HOMES

 

These purpose-built homes are an innovation of Lifebuilding Pty Ltd, an organisation that supplies easy to erect modular homes for Indigenous & Remote Communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

These homes are supplied in “flat pack” panels where they can be shipped to remote locations. This typical 4 bedroom dwelling was erected in 28 days with one qualified tradesman and 5 high school students.

Rhino Linings products have been incorporated into the bathrooms of these modular homes to provide a seamless approved waterproof flooring system that is decorative yet durable.

Rhino Linings TUFF STUFF was used as a base coat to provide an approved waterproof seal and coated with Rhino ArmaFloor 500 for that decorative yet durable finish.

Senior Management from QLD Housing inspected this house in the factory and in community (Palm Island).  A physical test, bouncing a crowbar off the floor surface was conducted by the head of QLD Housing.  The results were astonishing, and comments made as to the potential long-term cost savings by using Rhino Linings for all future wet area floor and wall systems.

Both senior management for Qbuild and QLD Housing were highly impressed by the durability of this product as it offered a tough, seamless, waterproof membrane to the many vulnerable surface junctions typical in wet areas.

Being a seamless coating, Both Rhino Tuff Stuff and ArmaFloor 500 have no joins or corner mitres that can peel away like typical sheet vinyl. The benefit being, that the modular’s bathroom was likely to extend its lifespan many years longer, therefore reducing expensive remote bathroom renovation costs. This easily applied liquid membrane can be applied in varying thicknesses, depending on each project specific application.

Rhino Linings has a range of products suitable to apply to many different bathroom substrates, including concrete floors and walls. This incredibly durable wet area solution has proven to provide significant full building lifecycle cost savings because it offers an easy clean and hygienic floor system that protects the surrounding building elements from moisture and infectious disease ingress, whilst preventing decay and corrosion of the building structure.

Rhino Linings ‘Tuff Stuff’ is used by USA and Australian military departments for armoured vehicle and equipment for bomb protection. This particular dwelling was supplied as a community transitional house for residents, while their houses were being renovated in community. This required a stronger than normal product specification, hence why Rhino Linings were chosen

Posted in: Rhino Linings Blog at 28 August 18


Floor Slip-Resistance Tests - Why they are so Important

Getting a new Floor?  Thought about Floor Slip Resistance Tests?

Having a non-slip or slip resistant finish is important for any flooring application, whether it be in the home, commercial premises or industrial warehouses and factories.  The reason?  Safety.  The avoidance of any trip or slip incident depends greatly on a slip-resistant floor, in a nutshell that’s why floor slip resistance tests are so important.

In an effort to verify safe flooring, it is fast becoming a routine practice for property owners, specifiers and architects to request floor slip resistant tests prior to specifying any floor coating for an upcoming project.  The advantage here is that the building owner can be confident that the new flooring will sustain its slip resistance for a period of years as well as help guard the safety of the people who visit, work or live onsite from slips and trips.

It should be noted that here, in Australia, the slip resistance of any new floor surface should be measured in accordance with AS/NZS 4586:2004 – Slip Resistance Classification of New Pedestrian Surface Materials.  This standard outlines five different methods to measure slip resistance including:

  • Wet Pendulum
  • Wet Pendulum and Dry Floor Friction
  • Dry Floor Friction
  • Wet/Barefoot Ramp
  • Oil-Wet Ramp

The AS4586-2004, Appendix A “Wet Pendulum Method” the preferred test method Rhino Linings request our flooring contractors to carry out when completing any flooring project.  The test is a safeguard ensuring there is no doubt of the finished floors slip-resistance properties prior to handover. This can be especially important in the case of a later ‘slip’ and especially where there is the possibility of litigation against the property owner.  The “Wet Pendulum Method” can be carried either onsite or in a laboratory by testing sample swatches of the product or the completed flooring.  Results are provided as a British Pendulum Number (BPN) and allocated a slip resistance classification ranging from Z to V – with Z being the lowest.

Another consideration that needs to be taken into account is the slope of the flooring surface.  This is where the older Ramp Test or ‘R’ Rating was used.  This test is carried out by a laboratory technician standing on a coated ramp at various angles of incline either barefoot or with a simulated standard shoe sole (Four S) which is generally accepted as the material to assess the slip resistance.  However, it is not always possible to carry out a Ramp Test on site and that is why Standards Australia and Rhino Linings recommend a “Wet Pendulum Method” to determine the slip resistance.

The Relationship Between the Pendulum Test and Ramp Test

Mean Pendulum Wet Pendulum Class Ramp Test ('R' Rating)
(35-44) X R9 - Slippage at a 3-10 degree angle of elevation (this surface is fairly slippery)
(45-54) W R10 - Slippage of 10-19  degree angle of elevation
(45-54) W R11 - Slippage of 19-27 degree angle of elevation
(>54) V R12 - Slippage of 27-35 degree angle of elevation
(>54) V R13 - Slippage upwards of 35 degree (this is highly slip-resistant)

Table 3, noted below, defines the Minimum Pendulum and equivalent Ramp Rating Recommendations for Specific Locations This is provided for informational purposes only.  Sourced from CSIRO Standard HB 197:1999 An Introductory Guide to the Slip Resistance of Pedestrian Surface Materials.

Minimum Pendulum and Older Ramp Ratings for Specific Locations

Location (these are a guide only) Pendulum Rating Ramp Rating
Accessible internal stair nosings (dry) - Handrails present X R10
Accessible internal stair nosings (wet) Handrails present W B or R11
Communal change rooms X A
Entry foyer hotel, office, public building - wet X R10
Entry foyers hotel, office, public building - dry Z R9
External colonnade, walkways & pedestrian crossing W R10
External ramps V R11
External stair nosings W R11
Fast food outlets, buffet food servery areas Z R9
Hospitals and aged care facilities - dry areas Z R9
Hospitals and aged care facilities - ensuites X A or R10
Internal ramps, slope (greater than 2 degrees) - dry X R10
Lift lobbies above external entry foyer Z R9
Other separate shops inside shopping centres Z R9
Other shops with external entrances - entry area X R10
Shopping centre excluding food servery areas Z R9
Shopping centre - food court X R10
Shop and supermarket fresh fruit and vegetable areas X R10
Supermarket aisles except for fresh food areas Z R9
Swimming pool surrounds & communal shower rooms W B
Swimming pool ramps and stairs leading into water V C
Toilet facilities in offices, hotels, shopping centres X R10
Undercover concourse areas of sports stadiums X R10

Cleaning Slip-Resistant Flooring Surfaces

Finally, cleaning of a slip-resistant floor is also very important and the grease/dirt can build up in between the highs and lows, thereby significantly reducing the grip. Cleaning with a foaming agent in warm water is the best way to remove dirt, grease and grime.  Be aware that some cleaning chemicals can also make your floor slippery. Rhino Linings also try to have our flooring contractor’s state in their Warranty that proper cleaning and regular inspection (6 to 12 months) is an essential part of maintaining the Warranty of a floor.

In addition to correct maintenance and cleaning,  always keep in mind that when choosing a suitable floor coating for your next project, whether it be epoxy, polyaspartic, polyurea, polyurethane, vinyl or even tile, it is extremely important that you make sure that your choice provides a suitable slip-resistant surface throughout the entire lifespan of the coating.  Most importantly, ensure you have floor slip resistance tests done to safeguard yourself against possible legal action from slips and trips.

For further information contact Rhino Linings Head Office on 07 5585 7000, email info@rhinolinings.com.au  

DISCLAIMER: Note that this article is Rhino Linings Australasia Pty Ltd interpretation of AS/NZS 4586:2004 – Slip Resistance Classification of New Pedestrian Surface Materials and accepts no liability for the content supplied in this article, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided, unless that information is subsequently confirmed in writing.  Please refer to the actual standard available at Sai Global prior to making any decision.

Posted in: Rhino Linings Blog at 13 November 17

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