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

How Anti-Fatigue Welding Mats Reduce Fatigue

Anti Fatigue Welding Mats

Industrial environments where cutting, grinding, brazing, and welding are performed on a regular basis require floor protection from welding sparks which eat away at concrete floors and degrade the surface. Anti-Fatigue welding mats not only provide good ground coverage, but promote better health for workers as well with sore feet. These types of workplaces often require people to exert a lot of manual effort while standing for hours at a time, which leads to fatigue … 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

Australian Standards – Hardcopy Documentation – Stairs and Walkways – Access Platforms

Steps Diagram

Don’t miss your chance to get 30% OFF selected hardcopy Standards    National Construction Code Electrical General Building General Plumbing Fire Prevention Risk and Quality       Hardcopy documentation can very useful to have around, especially when you’re working remotely or have limited access to internet. Sai global have put together a selection of frequently used Standards in their 30% OFF sale. Stock up now to keep up with industry leaders. Offer ends 11:59pm … Continued

Create Great First Impressions with Attractive Commercial Door Mats

Commercial door mats

First impressions matter a lot. If it is the entrance of your office, it matters even more because that’s where your potential business clients, partners, and of course employees walk in. This is exactly why investing in the right office mats matters. Commercial entrance mats give your office the look of class which helps create a positive, lasting impression. Also, attractive mats can make your employees feel good about the place they work in. Entering … Continued

What stair nosing is right for me?

stair nosing

There many nosings options. The application, environment where these will be installed are only some of the many requirements one has to consider. Here, we give you a few thoughts to consider to help you choose the right nosing for your needs.

Orthodelux® – Medical anti fatigue Mats

anti-fatigue medical mats

“Lost Productive time from common pain conditions among active workers costs an estimated $6.2B!” We refer to the aches and pains of long term standing as Cumulative Standing Trauma (CST) – excessive stress on the spine and back muscles due to stagnant body positions or poor distribution of body weight which may cause pain and injury. Standing for long periods of time on hard floor surfaces results in leg muscles to become static and constricted. … Continued

How to Survive Sitting in An Office All Day

If you aren’t doing a manual job it’s highly likely you are sat at a desk day in, day out. This sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health; however, there are little changes you can make to bring energy to your day. Here are some tips on how to survive sitting in an office all day.   Get out at lunchtime Pack your runners and go for a walk around the block. The fresh air … Continued

How anti-static mats can protect your computer

When it comes to keeping your computer safe from (ESD) an anti-static ortho mat is essential! This especially relates to organisations that rely heavily on their computers or are known to remove the casings of these computers regularly to update the hardware within. It’s at this stage, when the casing is off, that computer is at its most vulnerable. This is when it is extremely sensitive to the static electricity stored within the human body … Continued

How to care for you anti-fatigue mats

In order to preserve your workspace, you must maintain your anti-fatigue mat through regular cleaning and care. Without a well maintained anti-fatigue floor mat, it’s positive effects on your workspace will cease! You should be regularly sweeping and dry-mopping your anti-anti-fatigue mat to deal with exposure to small amounts of dirt and debris that occur on a daily basis. But if you need to clean your anti-fatigue mat more thoroughly, here are the steps you … Continued

What to Consider When Buying an Anti-Fatigue Mat

Did you know that one of the major causes of back, leg and foot pain in the workplace is the result of work that requires standing for long periods of time? This results in thousands of dollars in lost production time each year and is due to worker injury or fatigue from standing work, especially on hard surfaces. Anti-Fatigue mats are ergonomic mats that actually reduce stress and leg fatigue. Anti-fatigue mats come in a … Continued

Reduce Cleaning Costs – Install a Floor Mat

Installing a floor mat is without doubt one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce your annual carpet cleaning costs and protect floor coverings. If you were asked the question “what is the best way to maintain your carpeted floors in a clean and healthy state?” it is likely that you believe that regular vacuuming and periodic cleaning is the key. But you may be surprised to know that the use of floor mats … Continued

Rubber Mats for Kitchens – 5 Safety Applications

Regardless of the location—whether it’s in your home or your place of work, if you cook then the kitchen is your domain. And while each and all locations have their own set of risks and hazards, no place is quite as full of them as the kitchen. An OrthoMaster Kitchen Floor Mat will provide texture and grip to help you and your staff keep surer footing when you’re moving around hot pots and pans. And the soft … Continued

Mats: More Than a Warm Welcome

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 … Continued

3 Signs That Your Workplace Needs Anti-Slip Stair Nosing

While at first glance a worksite may appear to be safe and secure, especially if the correct safety equipment is installed and maintained according to the standards established by the state’s regulating body. While certain areas of your site are secure there is always room for improving site safety. High Visibility  Anti-Slip stair nosing for mines, marine, and heavy infrastructure has been proven to increase worker safety when traversing up or down stairs and provides … Continued

UTRED Anti Slip Stair Nosing

Injury sustained from falling from heights remains one of the biggest causes of on-site injury worldwide. While preventative measures such as guiderails, scaffolding, and harnesses help prevent injuries occurring they do not eliminate the risk completely. Understanding the risks involved in using stairways on site AMCO have perfected slip prevention products with the UTRED range of Anti-Slip steel Stair Nosing products. As industry-leaders in providing clients with new-generation floor matting and anti-slip stair nosing solutions, … Continued