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Everything you need to know about foam impact protectors

Everything you need to know about foam impact protectors

Working in a busy industrial or commercial warehouse can mean it’s always ‘go-time’. Noisy machinery, moving forklifts, and hard-working equipment all risk damaging walls and pipes as they go.

Foam Impact Protector

Sharp corners from racking and shelving can also put you and others at risk of injury, and the combination of all these factors shows how important it is to install foam impact protectors.

Keep reading our guide to find out everything you need to know about them.

What exactly are foam impact protectors?

In essence, foam impact protection protects people from injury and equipment like cabling, racking and wiring from damage.

They act as a clear warning sign, especially since they are black and yellow in colour, which alerts everyone to the hazard. Employees and visitors will know to stay clear. This not only saves staff from collisions but also delivers actual savings!

There are several different types of protectors - but which kind do you need?

Fixing Types

There are various ways to attach foam impact protectors onto equipment, walls or machinery, each with its own advantages:

Foam Impact Protectors
  • Self-adhesive: These are quick and easy to install. All you need to do is measure the length required, cut with a sharp knife or fine-toothed saw, and stick it on.
  • Screw-fit: These come supplied in premeasured sections, which are usually 1 meter in length. They also have three or four holes pre-drilled, so all you need to do to install them is screw them into a clean, dust-free and de-greased surface.
  • Push-fit: If you are likely to need to keep repositioning your protector, or change its place from time to time, then this option may be right for you. Use the push-fit procedure to install your protector and when you move to another location, simply remove, and reinstall in the same way.
  • Magnetic: These are mounted using a magnetic strip. All you need to do is measure and cut your required length and place the protector where you need it to go.

What is the difference between an edge and a corner protector?

There are many different shapes and sizes of protectors, and each of them is best suited to a different kind of application.

  • Edge protectors: These are mainly used to protect people from the sharp edges of pallets. They can also be used as a secure method of holding the contents of a pallet together. All our edge protectors are UV, temperature, and fire resistant. This means they are safe for use in many different environments. Most edge protector shapes are supplied in a long roll for you to cut to size or pre-measured and cut.
  • Corner protectors: Handy where sharp corners are found, corner foam impact protectors help to keep everyone safe by fitting onto the corners of tables, pallets, shelving, and worktops. Corner protectors grip securely to the surface they are attached to, and some expanding ones can stretch between 20 and 40mm to fit onto non-standard items.
Foam Impact Protector

Foam impact protectors are also available in various profiles, including semi-circular, rectangle, right-angled and trapeze. You can also find impact protectors made especially for pipes which can prevent anyone from knocking their heads on low piping as they walk past.


We hope you have found this guide to be of use. You can view our full range of foam impact protectors or see our full range of Safety Barriers and Bollards for more impact protection.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful team, who will be more than happy to assist you.


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Richard O'Connor is a Director at First Mats. He has deep knowledge in areas like Manufacturing, Warehousing, Marine, and Health & Safety. Richard's insights have been featured in well-known publications such as Bloomberg Business, The Sun, and Reader's Digest. His blend of industry expertise and passion for sharing makes him a sought-after voice in his fields.

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