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How Safe is my Data Online - Facts and Statistics

When it comes to online data, the unfortunate fact is that many of us are simply not doing enough to prevent our information from falling into the wrong hands. From not making sure that a website is secure, to falling for an e-mail scam – there is a whole range of different ways in which malicious people are trying to get their hands on your info. At First Mats, we take great precautions to protect your personal data and only use secure checkout systems. Below are some of our team's findings on data security. What are cookies and trackers?  A cookie is a snippet of information that a website stores on your computer – things like your user name, for...


Plastic Waste Facts and Statistics in the UK

Plastic waste has been a hot topic for several years now, and rightly so. Unfortunately, while there are very few of us who do not know that plastic is a huge destructive force in our global environment, there does not seem to be much being done on an individual and business level to tackle the problem.  Here are some facts and figures about plastic waste in the United Kingdom. I’ll give you a warning – a lot of these numbers are genuinely scary.  Plastic Production, Usage and Waste In the 1950s, annual plastic production on a global scale sat at around 1.5 million tons. Since then, the figure has increased to 381 million tonnes in 2015. In 2017, humans produced over 300...


Common Workplace Hazards, and How to Prevent Them

Workplace injuries can have a huge impact on operations and productivity. From the initial incident stopping work, to demotivated employees and missed workdays, even a seemingly minor injury can affect your business. It is your duty as an employer or manager to ensure that people on your site are safe, which means that you must take all reasonable steps and precautions to minimise the likelihood of accidents and injuries.  To help, we have compiled this guide to the most common workplace injuries (according to this Health and Safety Executive report) and the most effective ways of preventing them.  Slips, trips and fall accidents (on the same level)  The number one cause of accidents and injuries in the workplace is, and always...


Height-Adjustable Desks – Facts and Figures

Height adjustable desks and workbenches are increasingly popular products. They help to tackle the root cause of a lot of work-related health problems for office workers – the sedentary nature of having to sit in one place for the full work day.  If the higher price tag of adjustable desks is putting you off, take a few minutes to digest the facts and figures below and learn about their benefits. Why Do We Need Adjustable Desks? According to the Office For National Statistics, in 2021 there were 32.5 million people in the workforce in the UK. While there are no hard and fast figures on ‘office jobs’, removing those sectors that are clearly not office-based (agriculture and fishing, mining and...


2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games Facts & Statistics

The 2022 Commonwealth Games are coming to Birmingham this summer, marking the third time they have ever been held in England. In honour of our home city and the global sports stars we will be hosting, we have compiled the ultimate facts and figures guide ahead of the Birmingham 2022 games.  Read on for everything you need to know...  Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Facts and Statistics  At First Mats, we are extremely proud that our city is hosting such a momentous sporting event. Here’s everything you need to know about the Birmingham games:  Games Schedule The games will run from the 28th of July until the 8th of August, 2022 The games have been delayed by one day from their original scheduled dates,...


11 Anti-Fatigue Mats Users Share Their Experiences

Anti-fatigue mats are one of the most cost-effective and easiest ways of improving comfort and boosting productivity. They are used to improve the physical welfare and engagement of staff in all kinds of different environments, including offices, industrial sites, retail and hospitality around the world. To find out some of the best uses and benefits of these versatile products, we spoke to eleven anti-fatigue mat users for their front-line, expert verdicts. In the office Home offices have taken off like never before, with more and more people working either part of full time from home. As a result, many of those people have opted to furnish their work spaces for better comfort and ergonomics – after all, it’s where we...


All You Need To Know About Safety Tags

Safety tags are a fundamental part of site health and safety, providing valuable information on the state of key equipment – letting everyone on site know whether the item is safe to use, when it was last inspected and when the next inspection is due. Here is our guide to everything you need to know about safety tags, their uses and benefits. Working at height Tags Working above the ground level is intrinsically dangerous: any misstep can result in a fall that causes severe injuries or even death. Safety tags will not prevent those missteps, but they will help to minimise structural issues or equipment failures that could cause you to fall. These tags should typically form part of your...


How to Tackle Slippery Floors Quickly using Anti-Slip Tape

When your floor gets slippery, it is essential that you deal with the problem quickly and effectively. You have a legal duty to provide a safe working environment for your staff, and if you are customer facing then you should also be looking to avoid having customers slipping about or falling over. There are a number of ways to temporarily or permanently improve the traction on your flooring, both inside and out, without having to completely re-surface, and one of the best is anti-slip tape. What is anti-slip tape? As the name suggests, anti-slip tape is a type of adhesive tape that can be stuck to the ground or floor covering to provide a boost in traction. It is often...


The Best Anti-Fatigue Mats by Job Role

Anti-fatigue mats are one of the best, most cost-effective ways of improving health and safety at your premises, and boosting employee productivity and engagement. There are many different types of anti-fatigue mats available so we thought that we would take this opportunity to highlight some of the options for specific job roles. In the office Many office workers are choosing to use a standing or hybrid desk, as there are several health benefits and the price of these units is becoming much more affordable. Unfortunately for those workers who are standing on harder surfaces – laminates, wood, even the thinner types of carpet found in a lot of professional offices – the standing desk can lead to problems with joints,...


The Benefits of Spill Stations

Dealing with spills is a crucial part of your site's health and safety plan, particularly if you store, transport or use oils, fuels, chemicals or other potentially hazardous liquids. There are a number of different products you can use to tackle spills, from proactive ones like bunds and spill pallets to reactive ones like spill kits. In this article, we will give you the inside information on spill stations: everything you need to know about what they are, what kind of environment they are best suited to, and why you absolutely need one (or more). What is a spill station? A ‘standard’ spill kit contains the absorbent products that you need to deal with a liquid spill. They will usually...