Q: Floor mats are often used to protect employees and guests from slip-and-fall accidents, but how can facility managers ensure that matting itself isn’t the cause of slips? How can they prevent accidents?
A: The first thing facility managers need to think about is who is walking around the facility and if the floor matting system is a good match for their needs. For example, “rollability” is a key feature for matting in hospitals where patients may be in wheel chairs. In these settings, recessed matting systems are ideal because they keep the mat level to the floor.
Investing in higher-quality, thicker matting systems is another way to avoid slip and falls. These mats won’t cause trips by rolling up on the edges.
Replacing mats when needed is vital to preventing accidents. Distressed mats with rippling edges can cause trips, and traction is reduced when the top surface of the mat becomes worn down. If you notice these issues, it is time to replace the mat.
Q: How do floor matting systems contribute to green cleaning initiatives?
A: Floor mats keep dirt out of facilities, cutting down on the energy and labor needed to remove it from facility floors. Removing a single pound of dirt from a building can cost up to $600, according to ISSA. An effective floor matting system can stop much of it from ever entering the facility. It is the greenest way to stop dirt and debris from getting in because it works every hour of every day without electricity, labor or cleaning chemicals.
Q: How important are aesthetics? What types of matting styles, textures, colors and fibers are available?
A: Aesthetics is often at the top of mind for building managers. It’s a key consideration when choosing a floor matting system because first impressions are important, and a matting system is one of the first things that greets patrons when they walk through a facility door.
Today’s mats come in an incredible variety of colors, textures, styles and fibers. They don’t have to be black! Our team is happy to recommend the best mats for your facility. Contact the team here at Banner Systems to learn about they nearly limitless themes, designs and colors available.