Buyer's Guide to Non-Slip Matting
Slips and falls can happen in any workplace. The more slip hazards in your work environment—like liquid on the floor —the more likely it is that someone will go tumbling down.
A non-slip mat is a good way to ensure fewer accidents happen when potential slip hazards are present. Non-slip mats are designed to reduce the number of workplace falls by providing traction for employees and patrons.
If a non-slip mat sounds right for your business, how should you go about selecting the right one? There are, essentially, two factors you should consider when looking to get a non-slip mat: where the mat will be used and how much usage the mat will get. Considering these two factors will help you figure out the size, shape and materials that will need to be incorporated into your mat.
Whatever your workplace needs, NoTrax has just the right mat for you. Our mats are made with the highest quality materials and are subject to thorough product testing.
Where the Mat will be Used
The first thing to consider when looking for the non-slip mat is where the mat will be used. NoTrax Mats are designed to function well in any setting.
Our mats incorporate REDSTOP™ technology which virtually eliminates all mat sliding on dry floors and MICROSTOP™ which inhibits the growth of microorganisms on the mats. They are certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) which independently tests and certifies our products.
Even though any NoTrax mat will perform well, there are still non-slip mats designed with certain industries in mind. Each industry has a unique work environment. Many restaurants, for example, have walk-in freezers where temperatures are very cold. In this case, there are mats made to function specifically in cold-temperature environments.
Here are some descriptions of various work-place conditions to help you determine which mat is right for you.
- Dry Areas. This is the most common type of work environment. However, dry doesn’t necessarily mean slip-proof. Spills happen, condensation can accumulate, and floors can become slick. If you have an otherwise dry workspace, a basic non-slip mat can ensure you also have a safe workspace.
- Wet Areas. This is any business or workspace that frequently uses liquids and has a high potential for wet work areas. For instance, the mining and aerospace industries often use waterjet cutting to fabricate machine parts. When water is part of your daily process, employees could easily slip and fall in a busy work environment.
- Wet/Dry and Greasy Areas. Work environments that deal with food usually involve grease. The cooking or food preparation process can lead to food-related oils or grease on the floor. Grease can be even more hazardous than water, so a non-slip mat that is meant to withstand the corroding effects of grease is a good idea.
- Wet/Dry and Oily. Non food-related oils would involve any industry that frequently uses oils, like a machine shop or auto repair. Oil on the floor of a work area is a potential slip hazard for employees and patrons. A non-slip, nitrile rubber mat meant for environments where oil is present will promote the safety of the staff and the longevity of the mat.
- Industrial Chemicals and Oils. Some work areas have harmful or corrosive chemicals present. In this case, a non-slip, nitrile rubber mat designed to withstand the corroding effect of these chemicals is a must. Slipping and falling is bad enough, but slipping into a harmful chemical is even worse. In these work areas, a non-slip mat will assist with the protection of the staff and customers.
- Sparks, Flames, High Heat. Sometimes certain industries will use flames or high heat in their work areas. In this case, it’s a good idea to get a mat that’s fire retardant and designed to self-extinguish when exposed to open flames.
- Cold Areas, Coolers, and Freezers. Conversely, some industries have very cold work areas like freezers or large refrigeration/freezer units. These industries require non-slip mats made to endure the low temperatures for long periods of time.
How Much Usage Will the Mat Get?
The second consideration when looking for the right non-slip mat is how much usage the mat will get. How much traffic does your business tend to have? What about where the staff works? Are employees coming and going frequently? Will mats have more than one person on them at a time? Will there be heavy equipment rolled over your mats?
These are all questions that will help you determine how much durability to look for in your non-slip mat.
However, there are still levels of usage that can affect any mat’s longevity over time. Here are some descriptions of usage levels to help you determine what kind of non-slip mat is right for you.
- Light Traffic. Mats meant for light traffic are typically made of foam, composite rubber or carpet. They are a good option if only one employee will be working on them in a relatively low movement environment and are best for indoor use. Light traffic mats typically need to be replaced more often than medium or heavy traffic mats.
- Medium Traffic. If your workspace is a little busier, then a medium traffic mat made of solid rubber with something like a bubble-dome pattern would be a good option. These mats can handle multiple employees coming and going and even the wheels of a light work cart and are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, depending on the application.
- Heavy Traffic. If you know that your business involves a lot of people and movement or your industry involves heavy tools that could be dropped and cause damage to a mat, then the heavy traffic mats may be right for you. These mats can handle pretty much anything your workplace throws at them. Considered the best value, heavy traffic mats need to be replaced less frequently than other mat types.
Some industries or workspaces don’t have standard layouts. If your business requires unique mats of unique shapes and sizes, NoTrax has a range of products to help you navigate your work areas. These options include:
- Stock Sizes. Before turning to custom mating, we have many stock sizes that may be suitable for your needs. These are prefabricated mats that come in many sizes.
- Custom Mats. If you can’t find what you need in our stock inventory, then we can cut a roll to fit your exact specifications.
- Tiles. Another great option is our interlocking mat tiles. These tiles can be configured and arranged in all kinds of unique shapes to fit unorthodox work environments.
Understanding the Specifics (Glossary)
Some of the descriptions of our products can be difficult to navigate because they’re industry-specific. Here’s a glossary to help you understand the jargon and find the mat that’s just right for you.
- Rubber. This general-purpose rubber is a solid piece of durable and slip-resistant material.
- Nitrile Rubber. A synthetic rubber engineered to provide stability in work areas that involve slip hazards like oil or grease.
- Vinyl. A synthetic plastic meant for dry applications. It helps prevent floor damage and scratches in addition to providing support for employees.
- Polyurethane. a polymer that provides extra protection to prevent rips and tears.
- Diamond. Our most popular pattern, diamond plating is often seen in industrial products. Provides a lot of traction.
- Pebble. A slightly granular texture that provides a gripping, stable workspace.
- Smooth. Non Textured surface that isn’t glossed, raised, or uneven. This is the easiest pattern to keep clean.
- Bubble/Domed. Dome-like bubbles spread evenly across the mat for increased grip and ergonomic relief.