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Rubber Anti Slip Mats

Rubber Anti Slip Floor Mats are designed to reduce slip accidents, making your workplace safer for everyone. All of our mats are performance tested to guarantee the best quality, slip resistance and to maximise safety. We have a range of non-slip mats floor available in different sizes and styles to suit all applications. Buy your rubber anti-slip mats online or contact our team for help and advice.

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Kross-Mat Rubber Anti Slip Floor Mat

Benefits of Rubber Anti Slip Mats

Non-slip floor mats are a type of matting designed to prevent slip accidents from occurring. Most of these mats also offer excellent anti-fatigue properties too, further improving safety.

Commonly found in wet rooms and showers, variations of anti-slip rubber matting are also becoming increasingly popular in the workplace, especially for use in industrial environments.

Did you know that slips, trip and falls are the most common cause of accidents in the workplace? They accounted for 29% of all workplace accidents in the UK during 2016/17 which is estimated to affect over 110,000 people. Many of these accidents can be avoided by using appropriate non-slip rubber floor mats, protecting the health of employees and reducing absenteeism.

Anti-slip matting from First Mats provides multiple benefits to you and your workforce including slip reduction, fatigue reduction and cleaner floors. Whilst in an office or home a simple entrance mat will suffice, the non-slip floor mats found in industrial environments are specially designed for the tougher, constant usage they will need to endure.

Slips can cause serious injuries with significant financial impacts on the business. A worker who suffers an injury will, on average, take 9 days away from work to recover. This contributes to the total financial cost from workplace injuries of £5.3 billion to the economy (2015/16.) Make use of anti-slip mats made from durable rubber to help protect your business and staff.

Who should use Anti-Slip Mats?

People rarely slip on clean, dry floors so when it comes to slip prevention guidelines, the advice is normally to try to keep floors free of water and other contaminants. In some environments, this is simply unavoidable. In this case, you should consider using rubber anti slip mats in your workplace.,

For example, when working with metals, lathes and CNC machines produce liquid coolants (aka machine suds) which tend to spray and spill onto the surrounding floors even when guards are in place. Some of the areas most at risk of slips where you can make the best use of anti slip mats are;

  • Machine workshops
  • Commercial Kitchens
  • Production lines where oils and other fluids are used
  • Manual car wash facilities
  • Bars and Restaurants
  • Floors that are prone to becoming damp or wet

What are the biggest causes of slips in the workplace?

In many commercial environments, such as offices and canteens, slips are usually due to floors being wet and unclean. Anti slip mats can help prevent incidents in such circumstances. For industrial environments, there are many hazards that can cause slips in the workplace including;

  • Wet floors, due to spillages or weather conditions
  • Oil and grease from the production process
  • Oils from leaking and damaged machinery
  • Cross-contamination – Where a worker may have moved from an oil-covered floor to a different area.
  • Poor Housekeeping – Floors need to be cleaned regularly to reduce the risk of slips

In all these cases, non-slip matting will help by providing extra grip underfoot whilst also isolating many of the contaminants within the mat area.

You can find out more about what is defined as a slip hazard in our video;

Why purchase Non-Slip Matting from First Mats?

At First Mats, we strive to help managers improve the health and safety in their workplaces to benefit the well-being of all workers. Therefore, we only ever supply non-slip mats that are of premium quality and conforms to current legislation.

Our rubber anti-slip industrial matting is tested to internationally recognised standards and is sourced only from established and reputable manufacturers. With us, you can be assured of matting that meets the needs of your workforce within a budget that suits the business. That is why First Mats is the First Choice for many organisations, both large and small, all over the UK.

  • Quality Approved Matting
  • One of the largest ranges in Europe
  • Anti slip mats for all budgets
  • Free samples available on request
  • Expert Advice
  • Fast delivery times
  • Site visits from representatives

Additional benefits of Non-Slip Floor Matting

Using an anti slip mat can offer many benefits to employers and employees alike. Depending on the type of non slip matting used and the environment, these benefits include;

  • Lower Insurance Premiums – A safer work environment with fewer accidents will pay lower costs for insurance premiums due to making fewer claims.
  • Reduced costs – The knock-on effects of workplace injuries create extra unwanted costs. Management time to correctly log and investigate the injury, combined with either a loss in productivity or replacing the injured worker temporarily all have significant cost implications.
  • Anti-Fatigue – Most of our mats have a dual purpose, in that they offer both excellent slip resistance and anti-fatigue properties at the same time, improving comfort and safety for workers.
  • Swarf Scraping – Many of our non-slip mats are designed in a ring-mat style with a series of holes or “wells” which scrape swarf from shoes, trapping it within the mat area. Other styles include textured non-slip matting such as our Assured Scraper mat which is an excellent choice in food production areas where produce can fall on to floors and become stuck on feet.
  • Staff Well-being – If your workers are protected, it will boost their morale as well as their safety.
  • Productivity – Workers who are kept safe and feel protected will be able to work more efficiently than those in less favourable conditions.

What are non-slip mats made from?

Our anti slip matting is predominantly made from Rubber. This is because rubber naturally offers excellent traction underfoot in various conditions and surfaces. There are, however, different grades of rubber used for anti slip mats and choosing the right one depends on the environment they will be used in.

Natural Rubber – For most environments, a standard natural rubber anti slip mat like our “DrainAway Rubber Non-Slip Mat” will be suitable as it will remain grippy even on wet floors. It is not recommended for use with oil as it will shorten the lifespan of the material.

Nitrile – A nitrile rubber anti slip mat will be resistant to oil, hence why this material is commonly used for rubber seals and O rings. This makes Nitrile anti slip mats, such as our “Oil Safe Interlocking Mat”, the ideal choice for machining workshops and assembly areas where oils, greases and other industrial fluids are likely to come in to contact with the mat.

PVC Plastic – Similar to anti-slip matting that you would find in swimming pools and leisure centres, this type of material is exceptionally hard-wearing and is also resistant to oils and other fluids. See our FlexiDiamond mat for more details.

What does the law say about Non-Slip Mats?

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) states that employers are required to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work (including site visitors and customers) so far as is reasonably practicable, including taking steps to control slip and trip risks.
  • Similarly, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them.
  • And more specifically, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.

Whilst the law may not specifically mention matting (or any other product for that matter) they are one of the most effective ways to protect your workforce from slips in the high-risk areas outlined.

How big are anti slip mats?

The short answer to this question is, how big would you like them? When browsing our website you will find a diverse range of rubber anti slip mats which are all available in different styles, colours and sizes.

For Individuals – Our smallest standard size is 60cm x 90cm and is ideal for a single worker at a stationary machine or workbench.

For Multiple Workers – For larger machines or work areas with more than one user, we offer various larger mats in widths from 80cm up to 120cm along with optional interlocking versions that can be joined to surround a machine or enable an anti slip mat to be placed around a corner.

Large non-slip matting

Large non-slip matting in a warehouse

For Production Lines – Several of our non-slip floor mats can be purchased in large fixed-length rolls, such as our best-selling Pinnacle Mat, which can be specified in rolls of 18.3m long. You can also choose from one of our custom-sized non slip mats too, simply select from a standard roll width (usually 60cm, 90cm or 120cm) and then enter any length you need.

For Larger Floors – We stock several interlocking anti-slip floor mat designs, which provide the ultimate flexibility for covering floors of unusual shapes and sizes. These enable the user to connect a series of slip resistant matting tiles together to create a single, larger rubber anti slip  mat, in the size they need.