Commercial Floor Mats

Where to install your commercial floor mat

When considering where to place your commercial floor mat, locations that come to mind are indoor entryways or under covered outdoor entrances. However, there are many places where commercial floor mats can be used. There are different options, depending on the nature of the business or the type of mat.

Water mats

It’s good practice is to install water mats at entrances and exits to help keep employees and visitors safe from slips, trips and falls (STF). Water mats absorb water and are also slip-resistant. Entrances and exits are important locations for water mats because this is where water brought in from the outside (i.e. due to rain and snow) tends to accumulate, along with mud and dirt.

By installing water mats, floors stay clean and dry — a must if you want to prevent the spread of germs that can cause sickness and lower productivity. More importantly, water mats can safeguard employers from costly accident liabilities. In fact, the government’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration advises employers to provide mats to meet its safe workplace requirements.

According to the SAIF Corporation— a non-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation company — STF disable some 3.8 million workers each year and account for 12–15 percent of all workers' compensation costs. In fact, STF are the second leading cause of accidental death, after motor vehicle accidents. The average disability claim is a whopping $22,000.

Any place where water may accumulate is a good place for water mats,like kitchen areas, bathrooms, showers, water coolers, staircases, etc.

Anti-Fatigue Mats

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , over 335,000 cases of workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were reported in 2007. MSDs also accounted for 29 percent of all time away from work.

MSDs are injuries affecting the body's connective tissues (muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and spinal disks). MSDs are usually caused by repetitive movements from daily activities. Common types of pain include muscle painsand backaches.

Both skilled and unskilled workers can be at risk . Commonly affected sectors include agriculture, forestry and fisheries, manufacturing and mining, machine operators, craft workers, tailors, loaders and unloaders. Older workers are also more susceptible to MSDs.

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Due to the high rate of MSDs, OSHA oversees and regulates workplace procedures that may cause MSDs. Fortunately, employers can take a simple preventative measure by providing anti-fatigue mats. These mats feature rubber cushions that spread force and dissipate impact.

Anti-fatigue mats are ideal for workers who stand on their feet all day, like workers on an assembly line, cashiers in restaurant and retail replica watches stores, and doctors in the emergency room.

Ideal places to install anti-fatigue mats include packaging and assembly areas, workstations, emergency rooms, cashier checkouts and restaurant kitchens.

Anti-static mats

Anti-static mats are designed to protect workers and sensitive equipment from electrical shock caused by static electricity. Static electricity is replica watches generated from constant friction (i.e. constant chair rolling) and can be passed on to electric equipment or flammable liquids, which can cause a fire. With anti-static mats, however, static electricity is quickly dispersed.

A good place to install anti-static mats is at office workstations to protect workers sitting in chairs from electrical shock.