Non slip mats & anti slip mats used in food processing and hospitality industries

In this post we take another look at non slip mats & anti slip mats. Which mat is best suited for a certain work space or application? This post follows on last month’s article on the placement of non-slip mats around a healthcare or aged care facility. We have received a number of emails asking about similar guidance for  food processing plants, as well as in restaurants and hospitality industries, so, we have set out the … Continued


Looking at non slip mats, anti slip mats for safety in a work space

Anti Slip Tape

Use of non slip mats in Australia and New Zealand covers different industries, where non slip protection is required in a work space. What we should be aware of the use of the terms “non slip mats” and “anti slip mats” applied to a floor whether in a work space, in a hospital or restaurant or wherever can be a bit misleading. Why? No matter what one does to treat or cover a floor where … Continued


Revisiting the effects of light repetitive manual work standing on hard surfaces

In the late 1990s, a laboratory study was conducted by Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI) at Aalborg University of Denmark. The study focused on the physiological and biomechanical responses to prolonged light repetitive manual work standing on hard (aluminium casting) surfaces compared to soft ones. The later being a polyurethane standart mat). The subjects tested stood on the hard and soft surfaces for a period of two hours. 10 subjects were involved in the hard … Continued


Boot wash mats – why the black marks on my floor?

Boot Wash Mats

Anyone who has worked in a production line or quality control line in the food processing industry will no doubt have come across one variety or another of boot dip mats (boot wash mats). Widely used throughout poultry processing facilities, in particular, these mats are used in helping reduce cross-contamination and removing pollutants from workers’ boots and footwear. Typically made from a heavy duty form of vulcanised rubber, they create a large dam that can … Continued


Tips on How to Care for your Commercial Entry Mats

Commercial Entry Mats

AMCO (Australian Matting Company) offers you a range of commercial door mats to help you make that style statement, so important in the current competitive environment where a good opinion (impression) really counts. We have office mats and heavy duty entry mats you can use to capture sand and dust, mud and grimy snow, lawn clippings and leaves. Once you make your purchase of a commercial entry mat, it is important to care for your mat which … Continued


Non slip mats for health and aged care industries-which is best?

Non Slip Mats

The Australian Matting Company has been working closely with the health and aged care industries since established in 1994. And, with that experience, we at Amco have developed a well suited range of non slip mats and hospital mats for Australia and New Zealand in one of the most demanding industries, health and aged care. Special considerations should be taken when working out what non slip mats should installed in a particular area of use. … Continued


Why throw out a perfectly good anti fatigue mat simply because of curled edges?

Anti Fatigue Mats

Funny, or really in this case, a bit sad, what we come across on visits to customer’s plants. We came across one who was throwing away perfectly good anti fatigue mats with curled edges. Placing a mat against a wall or other vertical surface where one side of the mat slides up that surface can cause the mat to remain curled. This is due to the mat’s memory, where it keeps the curled edge/s and this/these … Continued


What size commercial entrance doormats are best?

Commercial Entrance Doormats

In a previous post, we put up some suggestions as to the best commercial entry door mats for your needs. In this post, we give you some clues as to the best size commercial entrance mats and help clear up any confusion. From Corporate entrances which deserve Duratred Premium Entrance Mats and Premium Entrymaster Premier mats to Commercial Door Mats for Schools and Tafe’s, the choices and requirements vary. Little kids have a high potential to walk indoors with … Continued


Clarifying industry terms: stair cappings, bull nosing, anti slip stair nosing and ladder caps

Let’s face it every industry, or even industry sector, has it particular jargon or even special buzzwords. Our industry is no exception. Let me take the opportunity of this blog to clarify some bull nosing and stair cappings terms in one sector of our industry. There are a few other terms used to describe exterior anti-slip stair nosing, some of which are not too common. These word descriptions are “Stair Capping” and “Bull Nosing”. Funnily … Continued


Which Commercial Door Mats or Entrance mats are Best?

Commercial Door Mats

It is is easy to dismiss the choice of an entrance or commercial door mats, as “hey, they’re all the same, anyway.” It important to note that Heavy Duty Commercial Door Matting, or door mats for this use are varied. On the main, these mats/matting are used for the retention of Sand and Dust Mud and Grime Snow Lawn Clippings & Leaves   Trying to sort out which commercial entrance mats best serve your facility can … Continued


Fixing steel anti slip stair nosings correctly—good pointers

anti slip stair nosing

This blog post is based on recent observations of steel anti slip stair nosings at different workplaces that we at Australian Matting Company (AMCO) have recently visited ourselves. Rather than splitting these into different posts, we’ve decided to present them as another Q&A, with some handy hints thrown in between our characters Slip and Mat. So, the dialogue goes this way: Slip, who works at a food manufacturing plant, starts. “We did a rush job on this … Continued


How to Fix Broken Windows: Maxam window film

Broken Window

A broken window may be the last thing on your mind, but if you have a property, look after property, have job in property management where windows break for whatever reason, you may want to read further on how to fix broken windows fast. Australian Matting Company (AMCO) is a leading manufacturer and supplier of anti fatigue and anti slip mats and accessories. We also market ancillary products that are safety related, though these may … Continued


Mat cleaning practices to help fight bacterial growth in food industry use

Deluxe Mat Trolley

Recently, I came across an interesting article from Industry Update. The title was Good manufacturing practices set the standard for food hygiene, by Laurence Marchini. Here’s the article, in part: It goes without saying that hygiene is of paramount importance in any food processing operation. The consequences of poor hygiene at any stage in the paddock to plate journey of foodstuffs can be catastrophic. But, fortunately, the global acceptance of the necessity for the highest … Continued


So, your anti-fatigue mat is slipping: a Q & A post

. About a month or so ago, we introduced you to our cartoon character, Slip. Nice guy, but could be bit clumsy, which isn’t good for a shift supervisor, who is also responsible for workplace safety. Well, we thought we might introduce his mate, Mat. A responsible and very knowledgeable person, especially when it comes to workplace safety and mats of many kinds and uses. We look at a serious topic and present this as … Continued


Food grade and anti-slip, anti-fatigue mats used in food manufacturing

Workease Anti Fatigue Mats

Talking with a colleague recently, we came to the topic of ‘food-grade’. In the food manufacturing industry, the term food grade is normally used to distinguish products which may come into direct contact with the material that is processed in the manufacture and packaging of food items. This is specially important for things like paint, machine oils and even things like ladles and stirrers. Food that comes into contact with paint used in a processing … Continued


A good rap from BHP Billiton reminds us of U-Tred’s anti slip stair nosing benefits

We’ve always pushed the line that a great advantage of our U-Tred anti slip stair nosing is the ease of installation. A recent issue (13 January, 2017) of Nickel West Kwinana from BHP Billiton attests to this benefit and is a good reminder that simple things do count even in business. Compared to other anti-slip solutions for open grid type steps, which are common in mining, construction and agricultural industries, U-Tred is installed in seconds. … Continued


Another benefit of our AMCO boat mats

Marine Boat Deck Carpet Padding

We introduced our AMCO Boat Mats not too long ago and targetted these at the avid angler. After all, the fun of fishing can be outweighed when at the end of the day, a sore back, sore knees and feet all add to unncessary pain. And, the thought that comes to mind is was it really worth it? Before you answer, “of course, it was!” let’s just remind you dear reader that this doesn’t necessarily … Continued


Anti-slip mats, peanuts and our new character, Slip

Anti Slip safety Mat

We take Anti Slip Mats seriously at Australian Matting Company (AMCO) and I’m sure you, dear reader, do too. However, sometimes, a little lightheartedness can tone down the humdrum of too much serious thinking. Hence, we take this opportunity to introduce our new (cartoon) character, ‘Slip’. A bit of a knockabout bloke, Slip is a hardworker, who sometimes may not always be on the ball. Not because of he is uncaring at work, but because … Continued


Versatile office – Entrance and Floor Protector Mat – Décor Plush #512

Entrance Mats

Strictly speaking this mat is not new. We’ve been marketing the Décor Plush  floor protector mat for sometime now. But, this is the first time we’ve added this mat into our website. So, here it is folks, for your information. We say that this mat is versatile, because not only can this be used as an entrance mat but also can be used as a great alternative to vinyl office chair mats. As an entrance … Continued


How to maximise savings in Coal Prep Plants with worker safety and Non Slip Stair Treads

Anti Slip Stair Nosing

A recent order from a mining company for more U-Tred anti slip stair treads / stairnosings got me thinking. Where were these U-Treds going to be used, I wondered? I checked with the customer and was not surprised to find out that they were used in a coal preparation plant as a replacement for bull nosings A coal preparation plant (CPP) — also called a coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP), coal handling plant, prep … Continued


U-Tred anti-slip stair nosing application explains a lot

U Tred Anti Slip stair nosings

Our U-Tred anti-slip stair nosings were designed not only with safety in mind, but also to be easy to fit and install. It was ,we thought ,the perfect solution for steel grate steps, where mud build-up made these unsafe, or where these were rusting. On the latter application, the user saved the cost and the hassle of removing the non slip stair treads and re-installing new ones, or even having to rebuild staircases. Looking for … Continued


When the longest wearing anti-slip stair treads / nosings are wasted

FRP Grating

Are the longest wearing anti-slip stair nosings the longest lasting anti slip treads. Note that anti slip stair treads & Bull nosings get very dirty and clogged up as per the picture below. This renders any anti-slip grit used in the manufacturing of no consequence, pretty much mad useless by the clogged-up dirt. Hence, however hard or long wearing, whether it be anti-slip silica carbide, aluminium oxide, carborundum or other media, in the right environment … Continued


Some alternatives to making NON SLIP Stair Treads safer – stair nosings and more

U-Tred Stair Nosing

Accidents while not using non slip stair treads are no laughing matter. And, considering that these happen from an altitude above your workplace, damage and injury can certainly be cause for concern. So, what to do about reducing accidents on stairs. First of all, we need to find out if the parent step requires total changeout. A good alternative is something like FRP Grating Step Treads. These are a great option in areas where there maybe excessive … Continued


Anti-fatigue mats in Kitchens – Some pointers

Anti Fatigue Kitchen Mats

Let’s face it, not all anti-fatigue kitchen floor mats are equal. There are many types of kitchen mats, so we look at what is available for this application. First of all, an important consideration is the presence of grease, animal or cooking fats, which can cause different problems when spilled. Forget anti-fatigue mats made from natural rubber. All natural rubber mats will start to fail from day 1 if used in an environment which could be … Continued


New AMCO marine boat mats to help the avid angler

For an avid angler, there’s no greater joy than casting a line and waiting to reel in the big one. And doing this from a boat, where you can move to where the fish are biting makes this past time even better. Now, standing for long periods on a boat deck can be difficult on even the toughest of anglers. The strain on the legs and on the lower back can be too much to … Continued


What are the Advantages of Rubber Floor Mats?

Rubber Floor Mats

Rubber floor mats are becoming more and more popular in homes and commercial settings. And, there is a good reason for it. Rubber floorings have unique benefits and are especially valuable in a place which is prone to spills, heavy usage and where there is high wear and tear. Rubber flooring is considered to be a versatile covering option that is often overlooked. Many times people believe that rubber floor matting is expensive and difficult … Continued


Why does the anti-slip come off anti slip stair nosings & bull nosings

anti slip stair nosings

If this has happened to your anti slip stair nosings, you know the consequences. You lose the safety features of anti-slip to start with or even worse. But, how does anti-slip come off anti slip stair nosings & bull nosings ? Here are some thoughts to consider. This could have been inflicted with a sudden strong point of impact, causing the loss of the anti-slip. How? Well, it could have been caused by a falling … Continued


Will shoes damage my standing desk mat?

standing desk mat

This was put to us recently. Will shoes damage my standing desk mat? Legit question: and the real answer is – it depends. While sneakers, boots and other flat-based shoes are fine to be worn on anti-fatigue mats, shoes such as stilettos or dress shoes are not always a good choice. So: High heels are a definite no-no. Putting all the pressure of body weight onto such a small point will over time punch holes and … Continued


How to fix Anti-fatigue mats curling up on edges

Anti fatigue mats

Do you or your company use a lot of anti-fatigue mats? If so, chances are that somewhere along the line you have had the frustrating experience of your mats curling up or ‘bubbling’ along the edges. It’s more common than you may think.   Fact is, this problem, while very common is quite possibly the main reason hundreds of perfectly fine mats are being chucked out each year. Before tackling the problem of trying to … Continued


High end mats for hotels and restaurants, consider premium Orthodelux® anti fatigue range

restaurant anti-fatigue mats

A comment made by a customer about industrial looking anti-fatigue mats in a hotel setting, got me thinking. A high-end hotel using anti fatigue mat that belongs on a factory floor just doesn’t work. Enter our new premium range of Orthodelux® mats and there’s your answer! Designed for use in medical and health applications—the toughest market to cater for—Orthodelux anti fatigue mats tick all boxes for any stand-up reception areas, the security person standing at … Continued