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  • How To Keep Employees & the Public Safe From Slips, Trips and Falls

    Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of workplace injuries in the UK, with an average of six accidents happening every day.

    While only some result in fatalities, they still take a toll on employee morale and productivity with about 1.5 million working days lost due to employees taking days off to recover from slips, trips and falls. And such falls, slips and trips are almost always entirely preventable.

    What’s more, it costs very little to prevent such accidents from happening.
    As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of your employees and visitors. That includes carrying out a risk assessment and where necessary taking steps to control slip, trip and fall risks. For example, using doormats to stop rainwater being tracked into your building and making the floor slippery.

    Comments from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

    To conduct a risk assessment, consider what risks in your workplace could lead to slips, trips or falls, recommends the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

    Then decide what suitable and effective control measures will stop such accidents happening and put those control measures into practice, says the HSE.

    “Concentrate on the real risks – those that are most likely to cause harm,” says the HSE. “Think about how accidents could happen and who might be harmed.”

    You can do this by:

    • Asking your employees what they think are hazards in your workplace. After all, they may notice things that you don’t. They might also have suggestions on how you can control such risks.
    • Using the HSE’s Hazard Checklist to identify and fix potential hazards that could otherwise cause slips, trips and falls both inside and outside your premises.
    Here are some of the ways the HSE suggests you can prevent slips, trips and falls in and around your premises:
    • Use entrance matting
    • Use anti-slip mats
    • Make sure spills are cleaned up
    • Repair machinery or building leaks
    • Improve tasks to minimise spills
    • Have regular plant and equipment maintenance carried out
    • Ensure that you use cleaning methods that are suitable for the flooring you have
    • Dry smooth floors are cleaning or keep people away from those areas until the floors are dry
    • Establish plans for routine cleaning and dealing with spills
    • Make sure the detergent used to clean floors is mixed at the correct concentration
    • Replace loose, damaged or worn flooring
    • Replace flooring that becomes too slippery when wet
    • Ensure that lighting is sufficient and that steps and slopes are visible
    • Make sure that walkways and work areas are free from obstructions
    • Make sure your employees wear the right footwear particularly if they work in areas that are likely to get wet or slippery.

    About EveryMat
    EveryMat offers affordable, high quality matting (including entrance mats, anti-slip mats, and anti-fatigue mats) for every location and application for commercial, retail, industrial and leisure premises. To find out more, call 033 3567 3567 or continue to browse our website.

  • How do I choose the right anti-fatigue mat?

    Here at Everymat we are often asked this question, so here is a brief post covering some of the key points.

    There are many types of mats that are sold as "anti-fatigue" mats, but our products are specially designed to suit particular purposes.  When choosing a mat, consider the following:

    Know the purpose of the mat. Anti-slip or other mats are not always the same as anti-fatigue mats, although some mats will have multiple properties.  Choose a mat that matches your need best, or ask one of our staff which will best suit your situation.

    The thickness of the mat. Softer and thicker may not always be better. Choose a mat that provides some elasticity, but at the same time is not so soft that a person feels they cannot stand comfortably.    We do have product samples available to assist with this.

    Know the environment the mat will be used in.   Particles on the floor and chemicals being used in the area can affect certain materials.   Please tell our staff about any concerns you have.

    Mats should not slip, or create a trip hazard.   It is important to tell us the type of flooring mats will be placed on, so that we can suggest the right backing material.  It is also interesting to note, that heavier, larger mats are much less likely to more around that lighter grade mats in smaller sizes.

    Mats should have sloped edges, so they are less of a trip hazard, although the mat edge that is against a wall or work bench works better with a non-sloped edge.   We provide plan drawings for larger projects, making our clients confident the layout will work before the product is purchased.

    • Black matting with yellow hazard border, is preferred, so they highly visible on the floor even from a distance, or for persons that are partially sighted.
    • Mats may need to be cleaned. In some areas, such as food preparation, being able to adequately clean the mats will be important.

    Quite a lot to think about?   Don’t let this delay your decision to benefit  - just tell one of friendly team, what you are looking for, and we will come up with some helpful suggestions.

    We look forward to assisting you.

  • Photo Quality Logo Mat

    The team at Everymat felt very challenged when a valued customer asked for a photo quality artwork to be used on a carpet logo mat.  We said we would try, but couldn't promise anything.   The result was very pleasing and customer is now delighted to welcome their valued clients with a stunning entrance mat.  Send us your artwork and give us the chance provide you with a personalised entrance mat.

  • All stocked up for winter?

    Everymat are thinking ahead and have stocked up the shelves with absorbent carpet mats all ready for the rain, mud and snow.  We aren't boring either, we stock more than grey and brown, try red, green or blue.   Don't miss out, they're walking out the door.  Make sure you don't let those dirty shoe marks walk your way, by adding a carpet mat to your entrance reception area.

  • Did someone go home today because they didn't feel too good?

    Had they been standing too long at a work bench on a cold concrete floor?   Could this be the problem?  Why not treat your valued worker with an anti-fatigue mat this season.   Well proven to reduce the aches and pains and keep the feet off the cold floor.  In fact, we have already helped many companies throughout the UK provide their staff with a comfortable working environment.  Why not browse our anti-fatigue range, or give us a call?

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