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.
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;
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;
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;
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.