IEC Publishes New Safety Standard for Floor Machines

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has issued a new safety standard for floor machines.

The standard addresses the safety of powered automatic floor treatment machines intended for indoor commercial use applications, including sweeping, scrubbing, shampooing, polishing and waxing.

IEC notes that automatic floor treatment machines covered by the standard are designed to avoid hazardous contact with persons in the environment in which they are applied. It recognizes that these machines might require operation within close proximity to large groups of people, such as in shopping malls and schools.

The uptake in the use of automatic floor scrubbers has increased across numerous sectors in recent years as facility managers look for more effective and efficient ways to ensure cleanliness. That market expansion is thought to have been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A new report suggests that the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than eight per cent between 2020 and 2026, driven by growing demand for cleaning technologies, a greater inclination toward sustainability and a rising call for cleanliness in industries like hospitality. Automatic or autonomous floor scrubbers are leading the way as the fastest growing category in the mobile robot market and will continue to do so until at least 2030.

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