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NFSI Commercial Matting Standards You Should Know


Commercial property managers have a responsibility to ensure that their buildings are kept clean and safe, both for staff and for the general public.  Did you know that there actually are formal standards governing the use of entrance matting for commercial properties? Section 6 of the ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 “Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls” emphasizes that it is the property manager’s responsibility to not just select the right type of entrance matting for...

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7 Tips For Placing Mats


Most property managers know that floor matting should be placed at building entrances, but did you know that there are other kinds of mats for other areas in your building?  Different mats serve different purposes, and there are more areas in your building that need matting besides your front door! Here's a few spots in your commercial facility or industrial building that you may have overlooked when considering your matting needs: Guide visitors to your building with...

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Entrance Matting Standards You Should Know


Did you know that there are formal, codified standards for entrance matting for commercial buildings?  And that the building engineer and/or property management company is responsible for the selection and deployment of adequate entrance matting to meet these standards? Section 6 of the ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 “Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls” emphasizes that it is the facility manager’s responsibility to choose the proper type of entrance matting, and also to have sufficient entrance...

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Test Your Healthcare Floors to Check Safety Standard Compliance


Instituting proper cleaning procedures, mat programs and chemical use training will help to reduce or eliminate slips and falls in a healthcare facility. However, how can healthcare facility executives know for sure their floors are compliant with all national traction standards for patron and patient safety? The answer is to have the floors independently tested by a qualified auditor that utilizes ANSI national testing slip-and-fall safety standards. These testing standards quantify the traction requirements for pedestrian safety...

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LEED Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies You Should Know


Did you know that your entryway matting can contribute up to 2 points towards your building's LEED certification? LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements are standard practices for purchasing and designing with environmentally friendly materials for a building. Points are used to measure how "green" a building is in specific areas of design and construction. The sum of all these points determine the scale of LEED Certification in a building. To qualify for one of the...

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Posted September 26, 2018 in Matting, Entrance Mats, Commercial Floor Mats|0 Comments

10 Matting Terms Every Property Manager Should Know


If you're responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a commercial property, you already know that there's more to entrance matting than the average person thinks!  There's a wide variety of different entrance matting products and styles, each with its own performance envelope, intended use, and construction style.  Here's a list of ten matting terms that every professional property manager should know: Wiper/Dryer:  Wiper mats (or dryer mats) are textile mats for indoor use only.  They're...

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Official ANSI Walkway Safety Standards You Should Know


Did you know that American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B101 Committee on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention has an official document describing walkway safety standards for commercial buildings? The ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 "Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls" provides criteria for the selection, installation, inspection, care and maintenance of entrance mats and runners in commercial facilities.  The goal of these standards is to reduce slip and fall accidents, tripping hazards, and other...

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Safe, Healthy, and Clean Pool Mats


Although most people think of summertime when they think about swimming pools, hotel and community centre operators know that their pool and hot tub facilities are open year round and need attention even in the middle of winter!  While most maintenance is focused on the parts of the pool that come in specific contact with the water, it's important to not overlook the wet areas around the pool and hot tub too.  Cleanliness and safety of...

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Posted September 5, 2018 in Matting, Flooring, Indoor Mats, Rubber Mats|0 Comments

9 Quick Facts about Slip & Fall Accidents


Slip and fall accidents should be top-of-mind for all commercial building operators, for both your staff and the general public!  Here's 9 quick facts you probably didn't know about slip and fall accidents: Slip and fall accidents are the #1 cause of workplace injuries when averaged among all industries. Slips, trips, and other fall accidents account for 20% of all worker's compensation costs. In 2007-08, slip and fall accidents accounted for a third of all worker...

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Posted August 29, 2018 in Flooring|0 Comments

4 Quick Tips to Improve Floor Safety


Here's four quick and easy ways to increase the floor safety in your commercial or retail main entrance! Conduct a safety audit.  Slips, trips, and fall accidents tend to happen in the same spots in any given building, but it's sometimes hard to pinpoint the reason why due to "house blindness"!  Walk the trouble spots with a person unfamiliar with the day-to-day operations of your building to see if they can help you spot the areas...

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Posted August 22, 2018 in Flooring, Entrance Mats, Carpets, Concrete|0 Comments

How You Can Reduce Slip & Fall Accidents in your Commercial Entrances


Slip and fall accidents are a serious problem for building operators that have publicly-accessible areas.  We've all been out shopping on a rainy day and have seen those yellow cones warning us of a wet floor, but is that enough to satisfy a building operator's duty to floor safety? There's a yellow warning cone, but can you spot what's missing that would have prevented this customer's slip and fall accident? That's right - there's no entrance matting!  It's easy...

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Why Floor Safety Needs to be a Priority For Your Commercial Kitchen


Did you know that approximately 20% of all workplace injuries are caused by slips, trips, and falls?  They might make for funny YouTube videos, but slips and falls are serious problems! Workplace slip and fall accidents result in an average of 11 missed days of work, occasionally permanent injury to the worker, and increased WorkSafeBC insurance premiums for the employer.  Slips and falls are an even greater problem in commercial kitchens - all too often, proper safety...

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