Industrial mats are typically found in commercial settings, in which equipment and electronic equipment are present. These mats have anti-fatigue and anti-static characteristics to safeguard employees working on the assembly line, in the production area, or in other manufacturing areas. There are also uncommon places in which they mats are used for various purposes. We profile the most unusual places in which you can find industrial mats.
More often than not, employees loading boxes, machinery, and other products onto trucks or into the facility will stand on their feet for hours on end. Industrial mats come into play because they are stable and provide ultimate comfort as well a protective barrier between the employees’ feet and the hard flooring surfaces beneath them. According to a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), focused on the effect of aches and pains on workplace productivity, aches and pains cause workers to lose four hours of work per week in productivity, which amounts to a loss of 23 workdays per year. Adding anti-fatigue mats can greatly reduced the strain put on employees, standing for hours upon hours with no relief. These mats give loading dock personnel some relief from the labor intensive and rigorous tasks that are presented to them.
Locker rooms have a significant amount of foot traffic, with people bringing in moisture from sweating due to physical activity; additionally, people using the showers will also leave standing water on flooring surfaces. Sometimes you can see an industrial mat in a locker room to protect the teammates or gym goers from a slip and fall accident. You can find these mats in the main locker room area and outside of shower stalls. Pilgrim Mat Services treats their mats with an anti-microbial treatment on each washing to ensure a clean and bacteria resistant surface, being ideal for locker-room areas.
Who knew that you could find commercial mats in breakroom settings? In a kitchenette set-up, industrial mats can be used in front of sinks to prevent water from standing on the floor. These mats can also be utilized in coffee areas to prevent the hot liquid from threatening the safety of the floor. Sometimes commercial mats are used in front of or under vending machines to protect the floor from the bulky machinery.
We have all at one point or another taken a large gulp of water at a fountain, with some of it falling on the floor. The addition of an industrial mat could help safeguard the flooring surfaces beneath water fountains, thus, reducing the chance of slip and fall accidents.
Bathrooms: Urinal & Commode mats
The restroom is a popular place for moisture and standing water to threaten the safety of patrons. Some businesses utilize industrial mats for their stability and ability to drain standing water from the surface. At the urinal or commode, industrial mats are placed so patrons can step on the mat, without slipping and falling on standing liquids. The mat will absorb any moisture, thus, safeguarding, the patron from slip and fall accidents. Anti-microbial treated industrial mats are perfect for these areas as they prevent the spread of bacteria and germs.
Copier & Printer Machines
Imagine seeing a commercial mat underneath a commercial sized copier or printer machine? This uncommon but effective practice protects carpeting and flooring surfaces underneath the heavy machines.
People seem to forget that there are often flooring surfaces within an elevator that need to be protected and maintained. Hardwood flooring and tile surfaces are commonly seen and need to be safeguarded and maintained just as much as those found in the entryway of a building. Pilgrim Mat Services can protect flooring surfaces from a significant amount of foot traffic as well as keep them cleaner, thus, reducing maintenance costs.
Anti-fatigue industrial mats can be helpful at service counters where employees are standing for hours on end. Some services areas, whether at car dealership or big-box retailer, involve long-wait times and conflict resolution, which keeps customers standing for longer as well. According to a study by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), anti-fatigue mats are recommended in service areas such as cashier or baggers stations in grocery stores as they reduce back and muscle fatigue. To provide comfort and stability for employees and customers, industrial mats can be an uncommon, but smart choice.
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