Whatever your industrial matting requirements, First Mats have you covered. Our wide range of mats will suit the needs of any workplace, with a wide range of industrial floor mats, including anti-static mats, workshop matting, anti-fatigue mats and heavy-duty entrance mats.
Industrial mats are any type of matting and flooring 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, Self-Healing Cutting 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.
Correct use of industrial matting can yield many benefits to workers and employees alike. Industrial 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;
All employers have a legal duty of care for the safety of their workers and visitors but using Industrial 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.
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.
Join the growing number of organisations that have made First Mats their first choice for all types of industrial matting today.
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;
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.
As with production line workers, professional welders tend to spend most of their working day standing in one place, so they too are at risk of health problems caused by fatigue. For these areas, industrial 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.
Perhaps the most important and widely used matting in industrial areas is 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.
Non-Slip Industrial Mats
The rubber materials used to make our industrial mats not only provides comfort for workers, but 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 the 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.
A more recent addition to the First Mats range, our self-healing cutting mats will protect work surfaces from cutting marks and close or "heal" any cuts in the mat after use, ensuring accurate and razor-sharp cutting is achievable.
With such a diverse range of industrial 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 an industrial 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.
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