Industrial Floor Mats

Browse our huge range of high-quality industrial floor mats, or find out more about the different types available with our guide. Learn how industrial matting can make your workplace safer, cleaner and how it can save money for your business.
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Industrial Floor Mats - Buying Guide and Information


Industrial Floor Matting

What are Industrial Floor Mats?

Industrial floor mats are any type of matting that is used primarily in an industrial environment. This includes workshops, factories, warehouses, assembly lines and welding bays. Industrial matting is generally made from Rubber, PVC or other hard-wearing materials to cope with the often-difficult conditions they must endure.


First Mats stock a wide range of Industrial Floor Mats covering various specialist applications; including Anti-Fatigue Mats, Swarf Mats, Non-Slip Mats, Anti-Static Mats and Forklift Truck mats, and with this guide you can find out more about the different types of industrial matting and which one is best for your needs.



What are the Advantages of Using Industrial Floor Mats?

Correct use of industrial matting can yield many benefits to workers and employees alike. Mats are primarily designed for safety by reducing discomfort for workers as well as the likelihood of injuries from occurring, but the advantages and benefits span further than this including;


  • Reduced risk of slips and trips
  • Improved comfort for workers (Anti-Fatigue)
  • Fewer injuries and accidents
  • Cleaner and Safer floors
  • Less downtime through accidents or cleaning
  • Greater productivity and staff morale
  • Better impression for visitors

All employers have a legal duty of care for the safety of their workers and visitors but using Industrial Floor Mats can help you to meet those obligations and protect your workforce.


Another big advantage of using industrial matting is potential cost savings for the business. Many people think of equipment purchases as being an expense they’d rather not have, but the costs incurred through downtime or temporary staff due to injuries caused by not having relevant safety products in place can cost far more than a few mats. Therefore, Industrial Matting should be considered as an investment for your business and for those who work there every day.


Why Choose First Mats for your Industrial Matting?

As specialists in this field, First Mats boast an extensive and diverse range of industrial matting covering a wide range of uses and environments, ensuring that you will almost certainly be able to find the perfect mat from us. At First Mats, we understand the importance of using high-quality matting in the workplace which is why we only source our products from established and reputable manufacturers. Our industrial mats are tested to internationally recognised standards to ensure that safety and quality are not compromised.


  • A large and diverse range
  • Custom sized options
  • Short delivery times for most products
  • Competitively priced
  • Free samples available
  • Site visits also available upon request

Join the growing number of organisations who have made First Mats their first choice for all types of industrial matting today.


Where are Industrial Floor Mats Used?

Industrial Floor Mats have been designed to cover various environments such as dry areas, wet areas, oily floors and so on, making them flexible and adaptable to a wide range of areas including;


Workshops

This includes machine shops that work with metals, wood and plastics. Mats found in industrial workshops, such as our Swarf Catch Mat, are often designed to capture and retain swarf (machining debris) produced in these areas, stopping it from spreading to other floor areas.


Assembly and Production Lines

Workers in these areas are often stand in one area for long periods of time making them most at risk of health problems whilst doing their jobs. Anti-Fatigue mats, available in materials such as Rubber and High-Density Foams, can be used to help reduce the risk of injuries and long-term health problems to worker in these areas. See our DiamondFoam for individual work benches or DiamondTexture for longer runs on assembly lines.


Welding Bays

As with production line workers, professional welders tend to spend most of their working day stood in one place, so they too are at risk of health problems caused by fatigue. For these areas, industrial floor mats designed to repel flames can be used such as our fire resistant Weld-Diamond Anti-Fatigue Mat which will help to fight fatigue even in areas with hot sparks and naked flames.


Electrical Component Facilities

One of the problems uniquely found in facilities that produce electrical components is the risk of Electro-Static Discharge or ESD. This sudden discharge of electrical energy poses a risk to workers and the components themselves, so using industrial matting that can be earthed is an essential requirement. Browse our range of ESD matting or contact us for assistance.


Warehouses

Many warehouses don’t use any type of matting, often because they simply aren’t aware that there is anything available to them that can be used safely in these areas. There are, however, several types of industrial matting that can be used in warehouses, including anti-slip grip sheets which offer excellent slip resistance, and forklift mats designed to soak up water and dirt from the wheels of trucks keeping warehouse floors cleaner and safer.


Food Production Facilities

When working with food products, one of the most important things that businesses must consider is the Hygiene. Fortunately for the consumers, most food production businesses maintain excellent standards of cleanliness in their facilities and floor mats play a big part in this. Specially designed Swarf mats help to scrape any food items that fall on the floor off the shoes of workers, keeping contaminants isolated in the mat area rather than being trodden around to other areas of the business. Mats in these industrial areas also help to reduce fatigue and the risks of slipping on hazardous wet floors. The First Mats range includes specialised mats, such as the SturdySafe Blue, which is made from Nitrile rubber making it safe to use in oily or greasy areas.


What types of Industrial Floor Matting Does First Mats Supply?


Anti-Fatigue Mats

Perhaps the most important and widely used matting in industrial areas are Anti-Fatigue Mats. This type of matting actively combats fatigue caused by standing for long periods in the workplace which, if ignored, can lead to long term health problems including varicose veins, muscle aches and MusculoSkeletal Disorders or MSDs.


They work by providing a softer surface to stand on which makes the user slightly unstable. Because of this, the leg muscles make constant micro adjustments helping to pump blood back up to the heart, reducing fatigue.


If you want to find out more about these mats, including the full list of benefits and the science behind how they work, a detailed guide is available on our Anti-Fatigue Mats page.


Swarf Mats

Another type of mat commonly found in Industrial areas is the Swarf Mat. These are designed primarily to capture and trap debris from production processes or “swarf” stopping it from spreading to other areas of the facility.


Swarf mats, made from durable rubber, traditionally feature a dense pattern of holes which allow pieces of debris to fall through them on to the floor below. The mats are then lifted allowing the swarf to be easily swept away at the end of the working day. Other types feature a pattern of raised coins which each have small rubber fingers on them, these scrape dirt and debris away from shoes trapping it on the mat.


Non-Slip Mats

The rubber materials used to make our industrial mats not only provides comfort for workers, it also creates an additional safety advantage. Rubber naturally offers excellent grip on floor surfaces, reducing the risk of slips which is a frequent concern in production facilities and workshops so by using our industrial matting you can create a safer work environment for employees.


ESD Anti-Static Matting

Our range of matting is suitable for most industrial areas, but employees who work with electrical components need extra protection which many standard floor mats can’t provide. That is why at First Mats, we stock a range of specialised Anti-Static ESD matting to give your employees the levels of protection they need.


Unlike many floor mats, these anti-static mats feature earthing points which connect to wrist or boot straps that workers wear in these environments. All of our anti-static matting complies with current health and safety rules helping you to conform with your legal obligations.


Forklift Truck Mats

One of the newest additions to our range of Industrial Matting is the Forklift Truck Mat. These are essentially an extremely heavy-duty entrance mat, using the same methods to absorb dirt and water but in a more hard-wearing construction. By placing them at the entrances of warehouses, the forklift trucks can shed the water their wheels have picked up from outside on to the mat instead of it being carried around on to surrounding floors. This helps to keep warehouse floors clean, dry and safe.



The Experts Choice, Best Industrial Floor Mats


There is an excellent variety of industrial floor mats available from First Mats, and the best one for you may be a case of preferred size, colour or texture, but to help you get started our Experts have selected their top choices for industrial floor matting;



Best Low Cost Mat - AtEase Pebble

If you're looking for a high-quality mat but have a limited budget, then our AtEase mat could be for you. It is a versatile mat designed for dry industrial floors such as packaging areas, and features a subtle textured surface. It is available in Grey or Black, along with a Safety version that has a yellow edge.


Choose from a large range of sizes or for a unique size, simply choose from one of the standard roll widths and select any length that suits your requirements.


Best Oil Resistant Mat - Oil-Safe

Not all mats can be used with oil. Natural rubber and foam will deteriorate if in regular contact with oils so a Nitrile material should be used for the mats instead. Fortunately, there are several such mats available from us and our top choice is the Oil-Safe Interlocking Mat. It can either be used as a 70cm x 80cm mat for individuals or an interlocking version to create longer lengths of matting. 


Best Anti-Slip Mat - SupremeScrape

Whilst all of our industrial mats offer a high level of slip resistance, the best one overall is our SpremeScrape. This mat features a pattern of raised buttons which each have their own rubber finger, which all work together to create an outstanding level of grip even in wet and oily conditions.


With SupremeScrape, there is the added bonus that it offers fantastic anti-fatigue properties thanks to a high density foam centre. This is coated in a Nitrile surface which also makes it oil resistant. SupremeScrape is not on our best anti-slip mat but is is one of the best industrial floor mats overall.


Most Durable Mat - Solid-Top Interlocking Mat

Many of our industrial mats are very durable, but one of the most hard wearing of them all is the Solid-Top Interlocking Mats. These start off as individual 90cm x 90cm tiles that can then be joined to cover much larger floor areas. Each tile is 18mm thick and made from solid natural rubber creating a strong and long-lasting mat that can be used in a multitude of industrial areas.


Best Fire Resistant Mat - WeldDiamond

In areas where sparks and naked flames are present, extra precaution needs to be taken to stop potentially devastating fires from happening. For these environments, our most popular choice is the WeldDiamond, which is fire tested to BS EN 13501-1:2002 with a classification of Cfl-s1. This makes it a popular option in welding bays and other areas with flames and sparks. It also helps to reduce the risk of slips and is very comfortable to stand on offering excellent anti-fatigue properties. Choose from a variety of sizes, from individual 60cm x 90cm mats through to 18.3m long rolls.



Is Industrial Matting Required by Law?

Currently, there isn’t any law specifically stating that floor mats must be used, however since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), employers have legal obligation to ensure workplaces are safe for their employees to use. Several updates to the legislation have added more detail around the issue of flooring, stating that it should be in good condition, free from obstructions and that people should be able to move around safely.


By using our premium industrial matting, you can improve the safety in your workplace by reducing the likelihood of slips, trips and falls which are the most common type of injury that occurs in the workplace.


Choosing the best Industrial Floor Mats.

With such a diverse range of mats available, choosing the right one for you may seem like a daunting task, so how do you know what to look for when selecting an industrial mat?


Rubber Grade – For most areas, a standard mat made from natural rubber will be completely suitable, including wet areas. When there is oil or grease present, however, a Nitrile mat should be used instead as natural rubber is not compatible with these fluids, so lifespan would be compromised.


Type of Traffic – The suitability of a mat also depends on the type of traffic that goes over it. For example, a mat with a foam centre provides excellent comfort for workers but will be crushed and damaged by wheeled traffic such as pallet trucks. If wheeled traffic is likely to roll over the mat, use a solid material such as a 100% rubber mat instead.


Area to cover – It is important to make sure that the mat used is large enough to perform as required. A standard 60cm x 90cm mat is suitable for individual workers but larger mats will be required if multiple users operate at the workbench or production line. Swarf mats are also more effective when a larger area is covered as this will trap swarf that is flung further away from the machine.


Safety Border – All of our individual mats feature a bevelled edge, but the risk of tripping can be reduced further by using a mat with a yellow or striped safety border. There is no right or wrong situation for when these should be used as it is often just a case of what the on-site health and safety manager has specified.


For further advice and information about our industrial matting, please feel free to contact a member of our team who will be happy to help you with any enquiries you may have.

0121 702 1659 info@firstmats.co.uk @FirstMats