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How Floor Mats Help Create a Safer Workplace

Mark Stedman - Friday May 29, 2020

In the midst of the all-encompassing efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus, it can seem as if workplace safety has been reduced to a single focus.

Business owners know better. Maintaining workplace safety requires a diligent effort around accident prevention, cleanliness, and the management of stress and fatigue year-round, no matter what other challenges are with us.

Floor mats play an important role in this effort. While floor mats can be used for their appearance and for branding, floor mats are safety accessories first and foremost.

34,000 Slip and Falls Per Year

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that more than a quarter of workplace injuries that required recovery away from work were caused by slip and fall accidents.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • 8 million non-fatal workplace injuries were reported in 2018
  • 126,850 of these injuries required employees to recover away from work
  • 34,190 of these were slip and fall accidents

Not only does this impact the lives and families of these workers, it costs companies thousands of dollars each year in legal and medical fees and lost productivity.

Illnesses attributed to dirty or “sick” buildings are also a threat to the health and productivity of employees. According to the EPA, symptoms that include headaches, irritation of the eyes, nose, or throat, and dizziness or nausea are associated with the hazard known as sick building syndrome (SBS).

The cause is often poor air quality combined with contaminants trapped indoors. Symptoms of this illness become aggravated among employees who experience physical fatigue, spend long hours standing, or engage in physically demanding tasks.

Using Mats to Improve Workplace Safety

At Roscoe, we provide a variety of customizable mats as part of a program that can significantly improve the safety and cleanliness of the workplace, from scraper mats to anti-fatigue mats that can reduce the risk of injury associated with long periods of standing.

Our new 6-foot social distancing mats combine an important health and safety reminder with a design that helps returning workers visualize the distance needed for protection against the COVID-19 threat. And with custom safety messaging available in both English and Spanish, our anti-slip mats don’t just prevent injuries, they can promote safety throughout the workspace.

Here are a few of our other top-selling mats:

Super Bristle Mats: The most effective and abrasive mat in the industry, this top-quality mat stops 50% more dirt than other mats and features a raised border for superior water retention. It can also be customized with your logo. This mat is ideal for all entrances, is safe to use around electrical equipment, and is available in a variety of colors.

Coffee Mats: Protect your floors from coffee, cream, and sugar spills while providing a safer, cleaner environment with a mat that is aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting, and anti-slip. Coffee mats improve the safety and quality of your workspace kitchens and coffee stations.

Rounded Corner Mats: For a more elegant appearance and a decreased trip hazard, try our rounded corner mats. Backed with 100% Nitrile rubber, this mat is resistant to curling and cracking in all types of weather and is also customizable.

Added Benefits of Floor Mats

A high-quality floor mat system is an investment in the safety – and efficiency – of your workplace. Here are a few of the additional benefits:

  • Save money in building maintenance by capturing dirt and contaminants before they get spread around, reducing cleaning labor costs and greatly improving air quality
  • Keep equipment running smoothly by reducing harmful dust and static electricity
  • Increase worker comfort, morale and productivity with anti-fatigue properties and design
  • Reinforce your company’s image by reducing dirt and providing an attractive entrance

With Roscoe’s rental service, you can be confident in the quality of your mats year-round. Our floor mat systems are customizable to meet your needs, and we handle the complete laundering and upkeep of the mats, with the industry’s highest standards for cleanliness and hygiene.

To learn more about the benefits of a customized commercial floor mat system, click on the link below.

Contact us to learn more about our mat rental services