Floor Mats for Commercial KitchensAn Industry Specific Buyer's Guide
The majority of slip, trip, and fall accidents occurring in commercial kitchens are the result of hazardous floor conditions. Some of the factors that contribute include poor housekeeping habits, the absence or incorrect use of warning signs, improper footwear worn by employees, and the lack of attention by the employee as they move through the kitchen.
Fall hazards are not isolated to commercial kitchens. In fact, nonfatal occupational fall accidents in the workplace resulted in 147,390 injuries in 2018. According to the National Safety Council, falls represent the number two cause of nonfatal disabling injuries in the workplace. Moreover, the National Floor Safety Institute reports that slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
The good news is that the slip, trip, and fall hazards in commercial kitchens are preventable by making sure the facility is properly maintained, by providing employee training, and with the proper safety equipment.
Consider Anti-Fatigue Kitchen Floor Mats
Most commercial kitchen staff stand or walk for most of their shift. A study conducted by Loughborough University revealed that serious discomfort to the feet, legs, and back as well as stiffness to the neck and shoulders can occur after 90 minutes of standing on hard surfaces. The same study also found that adding anti-fatigue kitchen mats had a significant, beneficial impact on the health of workers who must stand for long periods of time.
Anti-fatigue mats are designed to reduce stresses on the feet and leg and decrease foot and lower limb disorders for workers who stand in one position for an extended length of time. Although there are other contributing factors that can lead to leg and foot fatigue after long periods of standing, an anti-fatigue mat is an easy and inexpensive option that can help alleviate the discomfort.
Anti-fatigue mats designed for use in commercial kitchens are a wise investment to protect workers. These mats have the added benefit of drainage holes as well as non-slip surfaces to prevent slips and falls while providing comfort to the person standing on it.
The Benefits of a Drainage Mat with Holes
Commercial kitchen floors can get messy. When you are trying to finish up a lunch or dinner rush, drips and spills often are ignored until things settle down. Those drips and spills, especially if it’s oily, are a recipe for a fall accident. Fortunately, there’s an easy and economical option to prevent slips and falls, without having to slow down production time.
A commercial kitchen mat with drainage holes allows liquids and debris to pass through matting. It also provides an anti-slip and anti-fatigue surface that will keep your workers safe and comfortable during their shift. These mats keep walking surfaces and footwear dry, reducing the chances of a slip or fall. Once the busy period is over, the mats can be lifted to access the floor for cleaning.
Where to Place Non-Slip Matting
Placing non-slip matting in strategic areas can help reduce slip and fall accidents and keep the floor clean and dry. Place them at entrances into the facility as well as at the entrances of the kitchen. Entrance mats remove moisture from footwear that can be brought in from outdoor surfaces or from wet/greasy floors within the facility. Use floor mats in bathrooms, food preparation areas, or any place water or grease can accumulate. Kitchen floor mats allow liquids to drain, leaving the surface dry and providing plenty of friction to help prevent slips and falls.
How to Clean Rubber Kitchen Floor Mats
In addition to keeping kitchen staff comfortable and safe, rubber mats are easy to clean. Follow these steps on how to clean them:
- Use a broom to remove all loose debris from the mat. Then lift the mat to clean the surface underneath.
- Add some dish soap and water into a large bucket. Harsh or acidic detergents are not recommended for rubber mats—they can damage the surface. Dish soap is adequate for cutting through food-based grease and residue. Use a sponge or stiff cleaning brush to remove stains and sticky residue.
- Rinse away the soap with a clean sponge or mop. Make sure all the dirt and grime is removed from the mat after the soap is washed away.
- Allow the kitchen mat to completely air dry before you lay it back down. Any moisture trapped between the mat and the floor could cause mold and mildew.
The frequency of cleaning depends on how dirty the mats get during a shift. However, the longer you wait to deep clean a floor mat, the more work it will take to remove accumulated dirt and debris.
Adding floor mats to your commercial kitchen will keep employees safe and comfortable. This results in a positive work environment and limits the occurrence of slip and fall accidents.
Go to: NoTrax Mat Buyer's Guide