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Use Mats to Highlight Floor Hazards


While most people think of the front door when they think about commercial floor matting, did you know that you can also use matting to highlight potential trip hazards? The most common trip-and-fall point in commercial buildings is the transitions between different areas with different flooring surfaces.  Walking from carpeting to tile, or from asphalt to linoleum, or any other change from one surface to another with a different coefficient of friction is a breeding ground for...

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Most Workplaces Underestimate Slip & Fall Risk: Survey


A new report from New Pig Corporation (an authority on leaks, drips, and spills) shows that slip-and-fall accident risk is being severely underestimated by many professional property management organizations, and that these risks and aren't being adequately mitigated. The Walk Zone Safety Report examines slips, trips, and falls in workplaces and public facilities, and was prepared in 2017 by New Pig by surveying maintenance, safety, health risk, and facilities management professionals across multiple industries. The New Pig survey clearly indicates...

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Entrance Matting Standards Reduce Slips, Trips, And Falls


Every year thousands of North Americans are injured in slip, trip, and fall accidents that occur when entering a commercial building. The right kind of entrance matting can contribute to the prevention of potential injuries, and also can help defend against possible litigation. Although entrance matting can play a significant role in preventing these accidents, the wrong type or wrong amount also actually contribute to trips and falls when buckled, curled, or flopped over. Although it seems...

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4 Common Matting Questions Answered


Because we're matting experts, we get asked the same questions pretty frequently from clients who are looking to make their commercial buildings better.  Here's answers to four of the most common matting questions that we get asked. How does matting keep buildings clean? A good entrance matting system can keep about 80% of outdoor dirt from being walked into a facility, but a really effective one can stop up to 98% of dirt! Matting is actually such...

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Top 10 Tips to Make Your Entrance Mats Last


Most commercial building engineers and facility managers know how important quality, high-performance entry matting can be to the overall health and air quality of their buildings.  But in order for matting to do its job effectively, it needs to be maintained! Here's ten top tips to make your entry matting perform better and last even longer: Unroll that mat ASAP!  Mats that have just arrived have typically been rolled up for shipping, and (if it's fall or...

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8 Easy Tips for a Cleaner Facility


Summertime is a great time for cleaning professionals and building managers to review their current cleaning regime.  The summer months usually bring gentler weather and less foot traffic with people on summer vacation, giving building managers a chance to test out new cleaning techniques before the fall and winter wetness arrives.  To help keep your commercial building - and its occupants - healthy, here's eight quick tips to make the job easier. Keep your floors in...

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Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls With Matting


In addition to chemicals and equipment, matting is essential for preventing slips, trips and falls in commercial facilities. A proper mat program should start at each entrance to the building, not just the front lobby. Mats placed there can dress up the lobby, but they will also help keep dirt, water and foreign debris from getting tracked into the facility. The more contaminants that get trapped at each outdoor entrance, the less risk there is for slip-and-fall...

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Safety Regulations For Commercial Matting


Did you know that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) have combined their expertise to formally define safety regulations with respect to commercial entrance matting? To help make the regulations easier to meet, they have also developed standards to simplify processes for facility managers. This ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 “Standard Guide For Commercial Entrance Matting In Reducing Slips, Trips And Falls” can be broken down into three areas: Purpose Scope Application The purpose of the...

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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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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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