If you are looking for a way to create a safe workspace for you and your employees, floor mats can be a great first step to take.
Quality floor mats which are well maintained create a safer environment because they can prevent trips and, in case of spillage or similar incidents, slips.
There are also mats which help workers feel less fatigued.
So How Do You Pick The Best Mat For Your Workplace?
Non slip mats serve a very different purpose to anti fatigue mats: your business type and the nature of the work that is undertaken there will determine the type of mat that is appropriate for you.
Anti slip mats are usually the best option for areas such as:
- Slippery kitchens or
- Greasy industrial areas
- Contribute to worker safety in these types of work environments
Anti fatigue mats are best for employees who spend most of their working time standing. Those mats work by providing softer ground which is easier on muscles. Anti fatigue matting absorbs the shock due to walking, providing a cushioning effect that reduces foot fatigue.
If you are considering putting anti-slip mats in places where they would effectively play the part of anti-fatigue mats, you should know that this is not a good idea, since non slip matting can increase foot fatigue as the mat surface acts to ‘grab’ the shoe soles, causing feet to move forward in the shoe.
It’s important to know which type of mat suits your particular situation. Some workplaces will benefit from both non slip mats and anti fatigue mats, while others will only require one type of mat.
To ensure your workplace is as safe as it can be it makes sense to get some expert advice regarding the type of mat(s) appropriate to your situation.
Consider trying a mat rental service. A good service will provide regular pick-up and exchange, ensuring that the mats in your workplace are always clean and in good repair – significant when you consider that old, worn mats can be a trip hazard.
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If you are still not sure which mats would suit your needs best, just call Alsco and listen to what experts in the field have to tell you.