Health and safety regulations play a big role in businesses as they aim to protect visitors and customers. However, floor care is often overlooked from a health and safety perspective.
In this blog we will be exploring the best practice in floor care while highlighting the benefits to help ensure you're equipped to provide the best impression for your business’ visitors.
Floor care plays a vital role in preventing potentially hazardous scenarios. Failing to keep floors clean may lead to slips, trips, and falls that could cause injury and even litigation, leaving your business with medical bills and a bruised brand reputation.
Why use floor mats and what are the benefits?
The strategic placement of floor mats can trap debris and water as traffic enters the premises, meaning less cleaning time and more focus on maintaining hygiene levels in other areas. This is especially important on rainy days where failure to do so would lead to puddles indoors that could be hazardous.
Additionally, floor mats trap grime and dust that may potentially cause allergies in allergy prone colleagues, and limit excess time spent cleaning floors - allowing your daily cleaners to focus on other areas in need of their attention.
Initial mats have a high proportion of microfibres – small strands which absorb microscopic dirt particles – which are most effective as they are able to hold more water and dirt than a standard mat. Therefore a single mat can absorb several litres of water, and a few kilograms of dirt in between services (when the mat is professionally laundered). This can help your business’s bottom line, by helping to reduce cleaning costs and floor maintenance bills.
Best practice for floor mat placement:
- Place your mats in areas which receive high traffic, such as entrance and reception areas, corridors, or in front of water coolers, to ensure maximum dirt is collected and your premises are kept clean.
How to ensure health and safety with floor mats?
As previously highlighted, mats help ensure businesses are fully compliant with workplace health and safety regulations. Initial provides mats that are lined with durable rubber backing which provides a stronger grip to prevent slip, trip, and fall accidents in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1994.
Best practice for floor mat health and safety:Make sure you are using the correct mat for your requirements, for example;
- Water trapping floor mats are designed to allow people to pass from a wet area and into a dry area safely, this is especially useful in areas such as gym or office showers, building entrances, public swimming pools etc.
- Oil Trapping Rubber Mats are designed to prevent potential slipping hazards and injuries from occurring in wet and greasy environments such as food preparation areas in restaurant kitchens and working areas in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.
Set a good first impression with your floor mat:
They often say the first impression is the most important. What better way than to have your brand front and centre as visitors set foot into your building? Consider placing logo mats outside your entrance or in reception areas where visitors first experience your brand. You’d be surprised how a carefully placed logo mat can go a long way in demonstrating an added level of consideration and care to people who visit your premises.
In closing, health and safety officers, facility managers and marketers should take the time to carefully assess the needs of their business and the benefits of various types of mats before choosing the one that best suits your business environment as these mats can go a long way in keeping individuals safe while improving your brand image.
Contact our team to find out more about our range of floor mats, and don't forget to also ask your hygiene specialist about our disinfection services for your premises to ensure a safe and hygienic environment for your customers and staff.