Stepping Up Productivity: Putting Down the Right Floor Mats
Mats are imperative for implementing operational efficiency in your facility. Organizations that ensure their facilities are safe can help prevent accidents and injuries, unnecessary absences, and boost morale. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking to provide an efficient workplace for your employees:
Safety: Mats can provide surfaces that aid in the prevention of slips, trips, and falls. This can improve efficiency by preventing injuries, reducing workers' comp claims, lost workdays, and insurance claims.
Comfort: Mats create a barrier between a hard, uncomfortable facility floor and an employee's feet. Standing for extended periods on the wrong surface can have damaging effects. Having comfortable tools, such as floor mats, will ensure that employees can operate at 100% with less pain and be productive for long periods.
Cleanliness: The right type of mat can help reduce the amount of dirt, dust, and debris tracked throughout a facility. This can improve efficiency by reducing the time and resources needed to clean and maintain a workspace.
Understandably when you think of floor mats, you think about mats for wiping your feet when entering a facility. Still, the differences amongst varieties of floor mats are much more nuanced. Even within types of floor mats, additional considerations should be made so your employees remain safe and comfortable throughout their careers. Floor mats that are usually found throughout a facility are:
Drainage Mats: Drainage Mats are used in areas with a risk of slipping on wet surfaces, such as restaurant kitchens, bars, and commercial kitchens. They allow water to drain through the surface, reducing the risk of standing water. They can have a non-slip surface at the top and are made of waterproof material.
Anti-Static: It is important to remember that ESD mats and non-conductive mats are different and have different functions, so it is imperative to choose the correct type for your circumstances. Non-conductive mats help protect workers from possible deadly electric shocks when working with equipment. The worker is protected by the mat, which will remove any static from the individual before working on any equipment.
Kneeling Mats: Designed to provide cushioning and support for the knees, kneeling mats make activities more comfortable and reduce strain on the knees. These mats can be made of various materials, such as foam, rubber, or gel, and are typically lightweight and portable.
Floor mats can help to improve operational efficiency by creating a safer, more comfortable, and more organized workplace, which can increase productivity and reduce costs. However, the most effective flooring solution will depend on your business or organization's specific needs and requirements. As a dedicated part and solutions expert, Global Industrial can review your facilities for gaps in safety procedures, including floor safety. Learn more about how we can help your business achieve operational efficiency by connecting with one of our Global Industrial sales representatives at 888.978.7759 or contacting us here.
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