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Use Matting to Reduce Injuries and Labour Costs


Entrance matting isn't just for aesthetic purposes - when used properly, it can help reduce the potential for client and staff injuries due to slip and fall accidents, and it can also help to reduce your overall cleaning expenses.  Think of your entrance matting as a gatekeeper for your building's doorways: the right type and amount of matting stops dirt from crossing into your building and spreading itself out, making itself more difficult and costly to...

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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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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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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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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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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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The Wrong Entrance Mat is a Hazard


The wrong entrance matting can make a bad situation worse - it can go from being an attempted solution to a problem into being a problem all its own! We were called out to look at the slippery wetness problems a local grocery store was having at their front entrance this past winter.  Once we arrived, it was easy to diagnose the issue!  The store was using a single 3-foot by 10-foot runner at their main entrance that...

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