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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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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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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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Dirt is more destructive than you think!


Did you know that nearly 80% of all the soil that accumulates on carpets consists of sand, dirt, and other dry particulates?  This type of soiling is gritty and abrasive, and directly contributes to the premature wearing-out of your carpet's fibres and producing a dull, lifeless appearance.  If this soil isn't removed through regular cleaning and maintenance, the particulates work their way down to the bottom of the carpet pile and rest against the primary backing. ...

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Top 10 Slip and Fall Risk Factors You Should Know


The first step to reducing slip and fall accidents is identifying their causes!  Here's a list of the top ten most common causes of slip and fall accidents in commercial buildings that you should know: Flooring surface type.  Some types of flooring surfaces have coefficients of friction that vary immensely under different conditions!  Various types of tile flooring can be nice and grippy when dry, but as soon as it's wet it can become slicker than...

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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

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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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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What is “flat and smooth”?


Two of the most common words we use when describing an upcoming flooring job are "flat and smooth".  But what exactly does "flat and smooth" mean? The foremost rule of thumb when it comes to installed flooring is that whatever you start with is what you finish with - and that goes double for your subfloor prep work!  Whenever it's time to install a new floor into a space, the subfloor (that is, the unfinished flooring substrate...

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