Safety starts at ground level, but what’s on the floor can often be an area even the safety conscious forget to remember. By implementing matting into your safety strategy, you can bring health, safety and wellness benefits to your workplace.
Entrance and non-slip mats
The very last thing you want is a staff member or visitor suffering a slip at your place of business. As we move into the winter months, we need to pay closer attention to areas prone to rainy day wetness, such as entryways and tile floors. Nonslip runners or mats constructed of a material that will remove moisture should be placed in these areas – all mats aren’t created equal, so make sure you choose a type that’s going to absorb any water tracked in from outside.
If you have a carpeted entrance way, slips are perhaps less likely, but you definitely want to be maintaining and protecting your floor covering. Using entry matting removes particles from footwear that would otherwise end up in the pile of your carpet, causing staining and wear. That dirt then converts to dust and that ends up in the air and surfaces – which is not healthy for employees.
But first do no harm. A common concern about mats is that they can curl at the edges or slip when feet are wiped, causing the trips and slips they’re designed to prevent. Combat this by choosing a mat with sufficiently heavy backing to lay flat on the floor and stay put!
Chris Adams, ergonomics expert says, “Standing still is harder on your body than almost anything else. The body is designed to move and be dynamic”. Standing for long periods of time is not only be painful and tiring on the legs and feet, but symptoms can go beyond the lower limbs and are often reported right up to soreness in the shoulders and neck. A Loughborough University study compared workers standing on concrete versus using anti-fatigue mats, and found that there were ‘statistically significant benefits’ to the use of the mats. Standing for long periods of time also puts the worker at risk of irreversible circulation conditions.
Anti-fatigue mats can help as the softer nature creates just enough instability to promote small but constant positional changes that increase blood flow and waste removal from muscles.
By providing mats for workers that stand for long periods of time, whether it be on counters serving customers, on production lines, cooking or washing up in kitchens, you can go a long way to reducing the lost time and productivity that can staff take time off work due to aches, pains or worse.
For more information, visit amco.net.au or call us today on 1800 888 598 to speak with one of our specialist consultants to discuss all your floor matting requirements.