Safety Mats – Keep Your Employees Safe And Productive

04 October 2017 , posted by Kelvin Bardwell

Workplace safety is something that no one can afford to overlook. No one should have to worry about serious or even fatal accidents at work. On top of this, creating a safe work environment can improve employee productivity. Unsafe floor conditions and lack of awareness of risks and hazards are key factors that lead to slip, trip and fall accidents. To help prevent such accidents, it is important to implement policies – like the use of safety mats..

It is important to note that there is more than one type of safety mat available, including anti fatigue, non-slip and greaseproof to name a few. When determining which type will best eliminate potential hazards in your workplace, there are a few factors to consider:

  • The flooring in question;
  • Whether slip resistance is a concern;
  • Where you plan to place the mat;
  • Cleaning methods; and
  • Maintenance frequency of the floor and mat.

It is also important to note that there are certain legal requirements that must be met when it comes to workplace safety. Failure to comply with relevant acts (laws), regulations and Codes of Practice can result in hefty fines – that is if you’re lucky enough to avoid accidents.

According to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, for example, floors should be regularly inspected and maintained to eliminate hazards. These could include trailing cables, loose mats and insufficient grip. Risks must be eliminated so far as is reasonably feasible, which includes the use of mats in wet areas.

But where does productivity come into it? Although having peace of mind that you are safe when at work can go a long way to improving the efficiency of your employees, that isn’t all that is too it. The use of safety mats can improve productivity in a number of other ways, including:

  • Anti-fatigue properties for increased comfort;
  • Reduction in the occurrence of headaches;
  • Reduction in foot pressure and lower back pain;
  • Promotion of good posture; and
  • Prevent of stiffness in the joints.

Basically, improving employee productivity comes down to comfort. When employees are uncomfortable, the focus will not be on the task at hand and the quality of their work will suffer. When employees are comfortable, they will be able to put their full attention on their work.

It should also be noted that slips, trips and falls are not the only way that injuries can be sustained in the workplace. Standing on hard surfaces for extended periods, for example, can lead to severe back pain and joint stiffness that will follow the employee for decades.

We hope that the information provided here has shown you the importance of using safety mats in the workplace to keep employees as safe and productive as possible. You not only have an obligation to the employees under your care, you have a legal obligation that must be met. Bardwell Matting has a wide variety of different mats to choose from, ensuring that you’re able to find one that meets your needs. Contact us today for assistance in making your selection.

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