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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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How to Select Proper Commercial Entryway Matting


The selection and placement of your commercial entryway matting is far more important than many cleaning professionals and building engineers realize. Installing the right entryway matting system in the right location can significantly help keep a building cleaner and healthier, as well as reducing the overall cleaning and maintenance costs throughout the entire building. One of the most common mistakes that facility managers make when buying entryway matting is specifying mats that are simply too small to...

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How to Clean Your Commercial Entrance Matting


Choosing the right commercial entrance matting to buy is the first step to cleaner, safer flooring in your building - but it's only half the work to be done!  Dirty matting, no matter how high quality, is ineffective matting.  But fortunately, it's not hard to keep your entrance matting clean and working its best!  The cleaner you keep your entrance matting, the longer it will last and the more effective it will be at keeping your...

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Posted July 25, 2018 in Matting, Commercial Floor Mats|0 Comments

Study Shows Slip-and-Fall Accidents Scare Away Restaurant Repeat Business


Slip and fall accidents are a serious concern, but many restaurant operators overlook just how much these accidents can impact their bottom line beyond the obvious ways.  To help these restaurants better understand just how costly these accidents can be, the Cintas Corporation commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a telephone survey of over 1000 American adults to identify how they would react to learning about a slip-and-fall accident at a restaurant they frequented. The survey found...

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Easy ways to prevent slip and fall accidents


Did you know that slip and fall accidents are one of the most common (and most costly!) liabilities faced by commercial buildings that are open to the public?  In Florida in 2010, a retail customer that slipped and fell was awarded over $1.3 million by a Broward County jury after the business owners were found negligent for not routinely checking walkways for potential dangers.  In 2009, a jury in San Francisco awarded $265,000 to a shopper...

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How does LEED impact your entrance mat needs?


There's an old proverb that that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it rings true even when it comes to your commercial building's entrances.  Keeping your entrances clean and safe depends on much more than just your floors - everything from the right plantings and vegetation, to programs designed to keep sidewalks and parking lots clean, to placing sufficient entrance matting indoors and out can prevent dirt from coming inside.  Some companies...

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5 Reasons Why LVT is Better Than Hardwood


Thinking about new flooring in your restaurant, coffee shop, grocery store, or farmer's market?  Do you love the warmth and look of wood, but are worried about how it will withstand such a demanding environment?  Don't worry - luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the answer you've been looking for!  Check out these top five reasons why LVT is better than hardwood for commercial flooring applications: Variety LVT comes in thousands and thousands of different colours, styles, and...

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