We are in the process of starting new construction on a new building. I have a questions regarding the material required for the flooring according to the SQF code. In the building we are currently in, the floor has an epoxy coating and we have never had an issue with any auditors. In the new building, do we HAVE to have an epoxy coating?
- 184.108.40.206 Floors shall be constructed of smooth, dense impact resistant material that can be effectively graded, drained, impervious to liquid and easily cleaned.
- 220.127.116.11 Floors shall be sloped to floor drains at gradients suitable to allow the effective removal of all overflow or waste water under normal working conditions.
- 18.104.22.168 Drains shall be constructed and located so they can be easily cleaned and not present a hazard.
- 22.214.171.124 Waste trap system shall be located away from any food handling area or entrance to the premises.
Is concrete considered an "impact resistant material"? Upper management is asking if we can have plain concrete floors (obviously they will be sloped towards the drains as required). Will we have an issue with SQF certification if we do not use some sort of epoxy? Any advice from any SQF auditors or people that have plain concrete floors?