We got a variety of different samples in of the kind of dikes you're looking at -- there are so many options -- we looked at the "permanent" kind that you can screw into the floor or glue onto the floor. But we had concerns about water getting up under them and creating a bacteria/mold issue. We also looked at a dike that was pliable/squishy (thinking maybe it would last longer, given the carts and material handling equipment we use), but we had concerns that they would just attract dirt and be hard to keep clean.
I misspoke when I said we are installing a concrete curb... it more like a speed bump, so that we can still roll carts over it. And we plan to paint it bright yellow to help with the trip hazard potential. But after your comment regarding auditor suggestions to change your curb/drain situation, I'm now concerned that will be an issue for us. Would you mind sharing why the auditor suggested a change in your plant's curbs?
Hope the above info is helpful!
Thanks a million, I got one of the spendy squishy ones and it seems to be holding up, but great to know that the cheap water filled ones worked just as well for you! I'll have to see, I wouldn't be super concerned if they lasted at least 9 months. We'll have to see if we can abuse them further to gauge the lifespan in our area.
The auditor suggestions (from what I can tell) went something like:
"you have too much standing water here"
"yeah, old facility and we haven't had a reason to re-do the floors yet., what do you suggest?"
"I think if you just took a chunk out of this curb here the water would do x,y, and z"
"yeah, okay! we can get that done"
corrective action satisfied, then next auditor comes in and disagrees or sees a different line configuration, or thinks the curb should be moved closer to the drain etc. This all took place years ago so I can't vouch for the specifics but it seems like that was the case. From my assessment, curbing that would be actually helpful would need to surround a large area and at that point I'd rather just redo the floors.
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