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Is Your Storage COSHH Compliant?

Do you work in an industry that uses hazardous materials? Maybe you work in a school and are looking to improve your chemical storage? Or you need a secure place in your garage to store strong cleaning products? You’ve come to the right place as this article contains all the information you need about COSHH compliant storage. What does COSHH mean? COSHH stands for The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and therefore by having COSHH compliant storage, you are following health and safety laws and meeting legal standards. This is very important as when working with any type of hazardous materials, essential steps and precautions need to be taken to make sure everything is handled correctly and safely.  ...


Recommended EN131 Professional Ladders

Here at First Mats, we offer a great range of ladders which conform to EN131 Professional standards. This standard verifies that a ladder is designed and constructed to offer the highest level of safety for users, so you can be reassured that you are buying a safe and high quality product for your workplace. Our extensive range of EN131 Professional Ladders includes combination ladders, step ladders and extension ladders, so you can choose the product that best suits your individual needs. We have collated a list of our recommended ladders which meet the EN131 Professional standard to help you decide which product is the one for you.   Trade Aluminium Combination Ladder This excellent quality Trade Aluminium Combination Ladder is...


A Guide to Louvre Panels

  Do you find yourself struggling with lack of storage space no matter how much organising you do? Louvre Panels are a great option for warehouse managers and DIY enthusiasts alike. The panels are easy to install, lightweight, and available in a variety of options from wall panels to large storage cabinets. They are designed with flexibility in mind, allowing you to hook storage containers, spigots and hooks wherever needed so that small components and tools are always within reach. Louvre storage panels can also be much more cost-effective than traditional metal shelving units, which makes them an excellent choice for those on a budget. What are Louvre Panels? Louvre Panels are type of storage product that allows plastic containers and hooks to...


How Many First Aid Kits Does My Workplace Need?

No matter what industry your business is in, accidents are bound to occur. And although this risk should be reduced by implementing the correct control measures, a fully and correctly stocked first aid kit must always be on hand. The Health and Safety Regulations 1981 require all employers to provide adequate and appropriate first aid equipment to ensure that employees receive immediate attention if they are taken ill or are injured at work - preventing minor injuries from becoming major ones and possibly saving lives.  How many first aid kits does my workplace need? In order to adequately decide how many first aid kits your workplace needs, a risk assessment must be carried out. This must be done by a competent and...


Our Best Extension Ladders

Extension ladders are essential products for working safely at height. These ladders can be extended to allow the user to reach greater heights than with a fixed ladder, but are easy to store and transport when not in use. The ladders featured in this blog post all fully conform to EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders, so you can be reassured that they are safe and secure to use. They are ideal for use in a wide range of work environments, including industrial workplaces, for painting and decorating, or for other DIY tasks at home. Here’s a list of our best extension ladders to help you choose the best product to meet your requirements:   Double Extension...


Our Best Combination Ladders

Combination ladders are highly versatile products, providing a number of functions within one ladder. This means that you won’t need to purchase and store multiple different ladders, saving you space in the workplace, and saving money too. These ladders are safe and secure to use, and they fully conform to new EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders. They are easy to convert between different configurations, making them ideal for use in a wide range of work environments, including industrial workplaces, and for painting and decorating. We’ve collated a list of our top 5 combination ladders to help you choose the best product for you:   Heavy-Duty Aluminium Combination Ladder If you’re looking for a hard-wearing, strong and...


Our Best Step Ladders

Whether it's reaching for something on a high up shelf, or carrying out maintenance work on a light fitting in a ceiling, there's nothing more convenient than Step Ladders to come to your aid. Their low height options makes them more ideal than an extension ladder for tasks indoors, and their ease of use makes them more simple than a combination ladder. Many Step Ladder are also designed to fold away for convenient storage even in the tightest of spaces. The step ladders featured in this blog post all fully conform to EN131 standards for safety of portable steps and ladders, so you can be reassured that they are safe and secure to use. They are ideal for use in a variety of...


Our Best Outdoor Door Mats

Are you in need of an outdoor door mat, perhaps for outside your office building, retail store, or simply to use outside your home? Outdoor Door Mats can be a great investment as they help to keep your floors clean by keeping dirt and mud outside. You may be tempted to purchase a similar design to your indoor mat. Perhaps for uniformity or simply for convenience. After all, it seems to do the job well, right?  Wrong. Indoor mats are not suitable for use outdoors, as they are often made from absorbent cotton or synthetic fibres, meaning they will not fare well outdoors, and will certainly not last long in weathered conditions.   Not to worry, though! We are here to help...


Pallet Truck Sizes Guide

The humble pallet truck is an essential tool found in almost all warehouses and factories, some of them moving hundreds of pallets per day. This facilitates the handling of warehouse stock and makes loading and unloading transport vehicles very quick and easy. Since there are many different standard pallet sizes such as Euro and UK pallets, it is important to ensure that your workplace uses suitable pallet trucks. By following this guide to making sure your pallet truck width and size is the best fit for your needs, you can guarantee to see an increase in productivity and efficiency within your workforce; all whilst protecting the health and safety of your employees and reducing the risk of back strain or other...


How To Get Your Workplace Ready for Winter

Winter is nearly with us, and with it, rain, snow and ice. Sure, there’s lots to look forward to, but not the mess that comes in through the front door on the bottom of our boots! What’s needed is a way to kick off the mud and slush, and something to keep the ice from forming where there’s heavy foot traffic. Or maybe you need something to keep the ceiling leaks in check, or stay warm despite a cold draught. Well, as you might have guessed, we have lots of products available to solve these problems, and a little advice on how best to get your workplace ready for the worst of what winter can throw at us. Ice-Fighting Products...