PROBLEM: The United States Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) is a 91,000 square feet building, spanning three floors and is one of the largest and oldest VMFs in the country. Keeping its concrete floors safe and attractive was consuming an incredible amount of time and money. Supervisors were worried about employee safety because much of the safety yellow floor markings were worn away and grease and oil from vehicles were making the floor slippery. In addition, the existing four layers of old paint contained lead, a potentially detrimental health and safety issue.
SOLUTION: A number of anti-slip floor coatings that could be applied by the onsite maintenance crew were tested in several areas throughout the VMF. After careful evaluation, Rust-Oleum’s High Performance 9100 System DTM Epoxy Mastic was selected. To make the 9100 System was anti-slip the USPS’s paint crew added an aggregate to the paint mixture. Tile Red was used as the universal floor color, while safety yellow was painted on curbs and trip hazards. Safety yellow was also used for floor striping to identify parking stalls and walkways. Rust-Oleum’s High Performance 9100 System DTM Epoxy Mastic provides USPS employees with a safe work environment and is expected to last 8 to 10 years before any significant repainting is necessary.