From the entryway of a school building to the shop floor of a manufacturing plant, matting has a place in just about every industry. While the function of matting varies—ranging from safety and ergonomics to facility maintenance or even decor—its integral and fundamental application in both commercial and industrial environments provides solutions to everyday problems. Here’s a rundown on some of the most common commercial and industrial matting types/functions:
Safety- and Health-Related Matting Functions
Depending on the specific mat, some prominent safety- and health-related matting functions may include:
- Preventing life-threatening electrical shock and/or harmful chemical contact
- Mitigating the risk of accidental slips and falls
- Providing ergonomic support to increase worker comfort and productivity, while minimizing pain and fatigue
- Guarding against bacteria in germ-intensive environments
Maintenance-Related Matting Functions
Maintenance-related matting functions may include:
- Prolonging floor surface life
- Dust & Dirt Reduction / Minimizing maintenance and reducing cleaning costs
Did you know that 70-80% of a building’s dust, grime and dirt is tracked inside on people’s feet? That’s why scraper mats are a crucial function toward facility maintenance efforts, effectively serving as your first line of defense against contaminants entering the building, all while saving you maintenance dollars and protecting your building’s assets. Appropriate for indoor or outdoor use, the efficacy of scraper mats lies in the implied “scraping” action they provide, effectively trapping dirt and debris in recessed areas until they are cleaned.
Scraper/Wiper mats provide both a “scraping” and “wiping” action that to further prevents dirt and moisture from entering your building. These mats are typically used indoors and made of a tough fabric that channels and retains dust in recessed grooves, while absorbing moisture in the fabric face.
Meant to be used indoors and in conjunction with both a scraper mat and scraper/wiper mat, Wiper mats are designed to stop any remaining dust, dirt or moisture from entering the facility, improving the appearance and life of your flooring. These mats are typically made with carpet facing to complement most interiors.
Custom Logo Matting
Custom logo mats are a unique way to promote a company’s image. Logos or other designs can be replicated on the face of numerous styles of mats without any setup charge. Logo mats add a professional look to any entrance, while acting as a further barrier to keep contaminants from entering a facility.
Anti-fatigue mats provide ergonomic support through a cushioned surface that can reduce worker fatigue by up to 50% and increase worker productivity by over 20%. These mats work by increasing blood circulation and reducing pressure on the body’s musculoskeletal system. They also reduce foot arch pronation, varicose veins, and pain commonly attributed to standing for long periods of time.
Anti-static mats include non-conductive mats and static dissipative mats that protect against shock and high voltages. Non-conductive (Switchboard) mats insulate workers, protecting them from deadly shocks generated by high voltage equipment. Meanwhile, static dissipative (ESD) mats are designed to protect sensitive equipment by quickly drawing the static off workers before they touch susceptible chemicals or equipment. The primary difference between the two is that conductive mats disperse the static electricity quicker than static dissipative and thus should be used around the most sensitive equipment.
85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors, which is why anti-slip mats are so important. These mats have uniquely designed and textured surfaces that help to prevent accidental slips and falls in the workplace. Heavy-duty rubber keeps the mats in place and prevents movement on a variety of surfaces.
Flow Through Matting
Flow through mats allow liquids to pass through them to eliminate slip hazards. Anti-fatigue properties provide comfort when standing for long periods of time. The thick rubber helps alleviate stress on the legs, feet and lower back.
Clean Room Matting
Perfect for laboratory, medical and food processing applications, clean room mats are designed to trap impurities, preventing dirt, debris, and contaminants from entering sensitive areas. Clean room sticky mats feature an adhesive “tacky” surface that pulls dirt and dust from shoes, wheels and other passing objects before they can contaminate a “clean room.”
Amerisource Industrial Supply: Your Single Source for Matting & More!
Amerisource is proud to help our customers foster a safer, cleaner work environment through our wide selection of commercial and industrial matting from some of the industry’s most trusted brands. Contact your local Amerisource representative for more information, or shop online at www.aisorder.com or www.amerisource.incomsupply.com.