Forbo flooring systems for health and aged care

By John Connole
Sunday, 30 September, 2012

Forbo - comprehensive flooring solutions provider

Forbo Flooring Systems is a global company that offers a complete portfolio of commercial flooring solutions for health and aged care environments.

Design options

Forbo delivers high quality, stylish design orientated solutions that allow new and existing healthcare facilities the opportunity to move away from the traditional institutional look while still offering low lifecycle costs, durability and world leading environmental performance.

Application areas

Forbo has the experience and range to offer tailored solutions for every area, from wards, operating theatres, intensive care units, treatment rooms, CSSD, kitchens and wet areas through to waiting rooms and offices.

  • Patient rooms - Intensive care units - Emergency - Laboratories - Commercial kitchens

  • Wet Areas - Aceutical - Antistatic/conductive areas - Administration / Offices

  • Radiology - Storage areas - Surgical theatre - Counter tops - Dialysis - Rehabilitation / therapy

  • Decompression chambers


Forbo constantly seeks to improve environmental processes with all manufacturing facilities certified to ISO 14001:2004. Responsibly sourced raw materials and sustainable energy are used efficiently, waste is recycled wherever possible, and emissions are kept to an absolute minimum. Forbo is committed to creating a sustainable future with a commitment to go above and beyond government regulations and requirements.

Forbo Collections

Marmoleum - Environmentally responsible flooring

Forbo Marmoleum sets a benchmark unmatched in the resilient flooring industry. It has the lowest environmental footprint, carries the most independent, LCA-based environmental labels and certifications, offers a dynamic colour palette that makes it a leader in colour and design, and provides a 100 year plus track record of performance and durability in healthcare.

Marmoleum is made from 97 per cent natural and renewable raw materials in a sustainable production process and is available in tile and sheet formats. It is the ultimate PVC free option for the truly environmentally focused facility.

It has the added benefit of permanent, natural properties that kill MRSA and the norovirus, is naturally antistatic, R10 slip rated, features Topshield for no sealing and offers easy low cost cleaning.

Forbo Marmoleum (ISO 14001:2004) is certified as meeting the new Good Environmental Choice (GECA) standard GECA 25-2011-Floor Coverings. It also achieves the highest rating of Platinum under the MTS SMaRT 4.0 standard, which is recognised as level A, third party approved environmental certification by the Green Building Council of Australia, and therefore can contribute to achieving points in the Green Star Materials credit flooring calculator.

STEP Safety Flooring R10, R11,R12

The Forbo Step collection is the widest offering in PUR finished R10, R11 and R12 sustainable slip resistant safety flooring. Step combines functionality, durability and low maintenance with creative flexibility. Design options include eight ranges with a coordinated pallet of 72 colours including new wood, stone and star chip collections.

All Step ranges meet the requirements of AS/NZS 4586 and EN 13845, measuring sustainable slip resistance. Superior heterogeneous construction ensures the highest wear resistance of group T and leading indentation resistance of 0.05mm. Forbo’s advanced PUR surface finish provides scratch, scuff and chemical resistance.

Step is ideal for heavy traffic areas in health care, aged care, commercial kitchens and office fit outs.
ISO 14001:2004

Forbo Flotex-The preferred alternative to textile flooring

Forbo Flotex is a hard-wearing, 100 per cent waterproof, easy clean vinyl based product with a textured surface reminiscent of carpet – but without the drawbacks of pile crush and dirt absorption. With its Sanitized™ treatment, Flotex gives constant anti-microbial and anti-bacterial protection throughout the product’s life and is endorsed by the National Asthma Council of Australia, Sensitive Choice. R12 slip resistance and acoustic dampening properties of up to 20dB and a huge 420+ colour and design choice in tile and sheet formats makes this an exceptional flooring option.

Coral Entrance Systems

Stopping up to 90 per cent of dirt entering the institution is Forbo Coral, the world’s most widely used, high performance ‘clean off’ entrance matting system. The collection has products for three zones – outside the building entrance through to and including the circulation area. Features include R12, anti-static and PVC backed (no rubber migration), easy low-cost cleaning (can reduce cleaning costs by 67 per cent), 71 colours across five ranges.

To find out more – including other healthcare-suitable surfaces, visit

email or call 1800 224 471.

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