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Infection Prevention & Interior Finishes: Flooring Considerations

Presented by Tarkett

Infection Prevention & Interior Finishes: Flooring Considerations


January 30th, 2022

Session Synopsis

Beyond lockdowns, social distancing, and increased hand-washing, the ongoing pandemic has led to an increased understanding of the general importance of sanitation. 

While much of this (including all the above measures) is well-founded, some aspects of the trend are not based on the best scientific evidence; indeed, some have been counterproductive.

This is particularly true when it comes to bacterial control (as distinct from the control of viruses like COVID-19). In this sphere, we have seen an increase in the use antimicrobials. Formulated to destroy or control harmful organisms, these can be found in several building products, including some flooring.

The problem with these products is that, while they do kill bacteria, they also allow some strains to develop resistance. In addition, there is no evidence that they actually improve health outcomes.

What is the alternative to antimicrobial products? And what are the best ways to keep floors in sensitive settings clean? This session will answer these questions and more.

Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to –

  • Explain what Antimicrobial is and why it is a global threat. 
  • Explain the cause and concern of healthcare associated infections and how to minimise them. 
  • Identify high versus low risk areas and surfaces. 
  • Explain the considerations when choosing a flooring solution. 
  • Execute correct cleaning and maintenance protocols.
  • Explain why a responsible use of antimicrobials is important.


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Alex Hopkins, Director, Studio Tate

Alex is committed to intelligent and responsible design in projects that reflect the way we LIVE, WORK and PLAY. She excels at developing creative solutions to improve the quality of life through design, with extensive experience and a commitment to collaboration which enables her to work effectively to deliver a collective design vision. Alex explores designing for life; with an emphasis on relationships with clients, colleagues and consultants and a belief in social sustainability and timeless design that creates a positive impact on how people and communities can thrive.

David Smyth, Victoria & Tasmania State Manager, Tarkett

Accomplished Victorian and Tasmania Sales Manager with a history of successful delivery of major health projects. David works with all stakeholders through architects, hospital engineers, contractors and builders to ensure concept, design, compliance and functionally are delivered. With 20 years in the flooring industry David has honed his knowledge and experience with an expertise in the Health Segment.

Matt Potent, Aged Care BDM, Tarkett

Matt has over 30 years flooring experience and is currently Tarkett’s Business development manager for the health & aged care segments. Matt is responsible for ensuring our product offering for this market deliver performance and durability while meeting all health practice guidelines for our market.

Recently Matt was involved in the Campbelltown hospital redevelopment, and works with some of Australia’s largest aged care providers to delivery high performance solutions that last. Our ongoing relationships with our customers is testament to Matt’s approach and dedication to working with them through projects advising from start to finish.

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