Reducing the Risk of Food Poisoning with Hygienic Wall Cladding

Reducing the Risk of Food Poisoning with Hygienic Wall Cladding

According to the Food Standards Agency nearly 17 million people suffer from stomach upsets in the UK every year resulting from poor hygiene practices. This in turn leads to about 11 million lost working days and costs the country over a billion pounds per year. The cost in fines to a business found guilty of causing food poisoning can be in the tens of thousands and even lead to prison sentences. But even minor incidences of food poisoning can destroy the hard built reputation of a business and lead to closure. So what can be done to minimise the risk?

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There are several options for walls within hygiene critical areas, each have benefits as well as drawbacks. A conventional paint system remains popular for several reasons.

  • It’s seamless
  • It’s a conventional specification
  • It’s easy to apply
  • Formulations can be scrubbed
  • There’s a wide colour choice
  • There are water based options
  • It’s low odour
  • And it’s quick drying

However, conventional paint systems have:

  • Limited resistance to severe strains of bacteria
  • They can require reapplication over time
  • There’s potential flaking
  • And there’s loss of protection on scratching

Ceramic tiles have benefits as well as drawbacks, when used in hygiene critical areas:

  • There’s considerable choice
  • They can give an aesthetic that is difficult to replicate
  • They’re easily sourced
  • It’s a low cost options
  • They’re water tight
  • They wipe clean

However, there’s:

  • More joints
  • Lower impact & stain  resistance
  • Higher water vapour transmission
  • Poorer appearance retention
  • Low flexibility to match substrate movement
  • Expansion joints required
  • A very slow installation time requiring return visit
  • And it’s a wet, dusty and dirty installation process

Compare this to BioClad 

  • Hygienic cladding is usually cheaper than ceramic tile systems. As well as the manufacturing cost, the installation cost is much cheaper
  • There’s far fewer joints so less jointing area and no water or other penetration that can cause failure in tiles
  • Hygienic cladding is shown to be better impact & stain  resistance
  • There’s low water vapour transmission so no penetration of damaged surfaces or grout
  • There’s the flexibility to match substrate movement with no expansion joints required
  • A rapid installation process capable of covering up to 250 meters per day
  • Hygienic cladding has better appearance retention. No staining, no grout, no replacement of damaged tiles
  • Finally, it’s a clean, one visit installation

Standard hygienic wall cladding has many benefits being:

  •    Durable
  •    Easy to clean
  •    Aesthetically Pleasing
  •    Quick to install

However, the antibacterial protection is unproven. Unlike BioClad, standard hygienic wall cladding is not independently laboratory tested for its antibacterial protection. BioClad is also volatile organic compound, or V.O.C, free. Standard hygienic wall cladding has detectable V.O.C’s for up to a year after installation. The VOC’s temporarily provide an antibacterial affect to standard hygienic cladding but this is short lived meaning microbes and fungi are able to grow on traditional hygienic wall cladding

With BioClad hygienic wall cladding antimicrobial element is impregnated into the panels at the time of manufacture and therefor does not leach. This stops growth of bacteria and mould by up to 99.99% and this works continuously for the lifetime of panels. This is ideal for use in hygiene sensitive areas due to excellent chemical resistance.

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