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July 2021

[UPDATE] Preventing slips, trips and falls with floor mats

Written by Peta Florus
Health and Safety, Technology and Trends

Slip, trip and fall injuries are the most common injuries in the workplace and probably some of the easiest to prevent. Read more about how to prevent them with floor care solutions from Initial

During the heavy rains we've recently been experiencing in the Cape Town Region, I visited a store to collect an item and at the entrance was a soggy piece of cardboard to prevent customers from slipping when coming inside from the road. Not only did this leave me with a horrible first impression, it really did next to nothing to absorb the water that was being tracked into the store.

Many slips and falls are caused by wet floors, and as a result, protection can be as simple as ensuring clean, dry, and safe floors for staff and visitors. Of course, this is often easier said than done, especially in the rainy season, hence the need for mats.

But mats can be a costly outlay for businesses and require specialised cleaning which not every business can manage. Initial therefore offers a floor mat rental service.

Here are some of the mats we can assist you with:

1. Branded entrance mats

If the old saying “first impressions last” rings true, branded entrance logo mats are the way to go. Branded entrance logo mats give a warm welcome to customers and guests visiting your establishment and also provide some very good advertising for your brand. With so much competition in the marketplace today, everyone needs a bit of help reinforcing their brand, and mats provide a conduit for effortless brand building and visibility.

Hygienic logo mat from Initial Hygiene to make a big impact on your businesses reception area

Slip, trip and fall prevention:

As well as being aesthetically pleasing, mats have a huge safety role to play in businesses today. As a business or property owner, it is your responsibility by law to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of customers and visitors to your premises. Most workplace injuries are related to slips, trips and falls which are considered minor incidents but which can have a cost implication for the business owner as well as for the injured person.

2. Disinfection mats

With the added concern of the spread of Coronavirus, some establishments request that the soles of your shoes be sanitised too. Initial has a disinfection mat which provides a section to sanitise, and another to dry your shoes, thereby preventing possible slips and sanitising at the same time.

Sanitising floor entrance mat for covid-19

I have also seen hand sanitiser stands that leak or dispense too much fluid which tends to pool on the floor. These slippery surfaces are a real hazard, but one which can easily be remedied by having an entrance mat to dry the soles of your shoes after hand sanitising. And if you're looking for a hand sanitiser unit that doesn't drip and incorporates the benefits of indoor plants, look no further than to our sister division - Ambius - and their latest product offering: the Sanigreen hand sanitiser stand. You can read more about that here.  

Why invest in entrance mats?

When entering a building, entrance mats provide secure footing, especially in places where the surface area changes, for example from paving to tiles. They prevent dust and dirt from being tramped into your building, while also protecting and extending the life of your expensive flooring. There’s nothing tackier than worn or damaged tiles, or wooden flooring.

Trapping dust also reduces the number of allergens brought in from outside and can help those who suffer from allergies like hay fever. Initial’s dust mats can hold up to 6kg of dirt and absorb up to 3 litres of water. In fact, 80% of the dirt that gets tracked into your building could effectively be trapped by our entrance floor mats.

Initial’s water trapping cotton mats are designed for the hospitality or catering environment and they allow staff to pass from a wet area (prep area) and into a dry area (serving area) without the risk of slipping or tracking dirt and grime from the kitchen to the serving area where guests or visitors could be dining or lounging.

3. Oil trapping mats for the kitchen 

Oil trapping rubber mats are ideal for use in greasy environments like kitchens, factories and industrial sites. These mats reduce the risk of slips and falls, and the specially designed cleated backing ensures that the mat stays in place. Initial’s rubber mats also have a high heat tolerance and are well suited to these areas. They can also be used as anti-fatigue mats in areas in which employees are expected to stand for extended periods of time, like in the catering or hospitality environments where staff stand for up to 7 or 8 hours a day. Mats provide comfort by relieving some of the pressure on your neck, back, legs and feet, and improving the circulation. Bank tellers or front desk operators could also benefit from anti-fatigue mats.

anti-fatigue floor mat for kitchen worker

If you are in the market for mats, why not consider renting a mat from Initial?

Initial will survey your premises and recommend the correct type of mat for the risks identified. Initial will collect and replace your mats with freshly laundered mats at regular intervals, according to your unique requirements.

Frayed and worn mats can also be a safety risk, but maintaining your mat doesn’t have to be a chore with Initial. Mats are inspected at each service and you can be assured that your mats will remain in good condition.

Read more about Initial’s floor mat services, and how minor incidents can be prevented with our range of rental mats, or contact us today for assistance. 

Contact the Initial team to discuss your hygiene requirements

Peta Florus

Peta Florus

Peta has been part of Rentokil Initial family for a number of years with research and analysis being her core functions. She enjoys writing the occasional blogs for the pest and hygiene businesses sharing information and expertise on our specialist services. In her private time and being a mom of two teenagers, walks on the beach is the next best thing to spending quality family time.

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