With winter weather quickly approaching, now is the time to evaluate your commercial floor mats and make sure you are updated on all the necessary safety measures. It is imperative to provide ample coverage in your entrance areas with safe floor mats to assure your customers and employees have removed all moisture from their feet avoiding slip and fall accidents.
Fred Anderson, our V.P. of Operations, is an ANSI Certified Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder and an OSHA Outreach Trainer in Occupational Safety and Health Standards. It is safe to say that Fred is our “safety guru” and believes it is critical for business owners and employees to be aware of all the safety hazards that are present. We outline Fred’s top mat safety tips to keep your business, staff, and, visitors protected.
Only Place Mats on a Clean Floor
If a floor is dirty, the chance of a mat slipping or moving increases. It is important to never place a mat on a dirty or wet floor as the likelihood of a slip and fall accident increases. In general, set up a floor maintenance schedule to eliminate this potential hazard.
No Overlapping Mats
Never place a mat on top of another bordering mat as this increases the chances of a trip accident occurring. The elevated edges are a hazard and must be avoided. Mats must be securely placed and lay flat in order to safeguard the area for employees and visitors.
Pilgrim Mat Services Offers Heavier Backed Mats
Mats that are heavier and come with thicker backings are more secure and grip to the floor, reducing movement. Additionally, they reduce the probability that the mat will buckle.
Use Mats for their Intended Purpose
Mats are designed for a specific purpose: to keep facilities cleaner, employees safer and, reduce the chance of slip and fall accidents. They are not intended to be door stoppers, table coverings, or for other unintended purposes. Don’t transform a safety aid into a hazard!
Don’t place Mats on uneven Flooring Surfaces
If tile or wood flooring is cracking, loose, or jutting out, do not place a commercial mat on top of the uneven surface. This hazard is likely to cause a trip and fall accident as the mat cannot effectively safeguard employees and visitors. There will also be increased movement as the mat is not laying down flat.
Develop a Floor Safety Program
Have your staff be proficient in floor safety measures and familiar with safety standards such set by governing bodies such as ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and NFSI (National Floor Safety Institute). Train your employees in how to properly place matting, clean matting surfaces, and identify potential safety hazards.
Providing safe commercial mats is our priority, but helping you know if your floors are OSHA safe is also important. Do you know how safe your floors are? Insurance companies want you to know and respect businesses owners who understand. By becoming aware of all the safety measures, your insurance rates can become more affordable, and this new found knowledge is also valuable to you should you ever need to defend yourself against a slip and fall lawsuit.
Concerned that your flooring might not meet OSHA requirements? Pilgrim Mat Services can help you assure you are in compliance with the law. Contact our safety guru, Fred Anderson, today.