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Matting Can Really Make An Entrance

Rachael Robertson, product manager for Gradus Barrier Matting, looks at how contractors, specifiers and building owners can reduce maintenance costs and increase safety with barrier matting:

THE HSE states that slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common hazard in public buildings and are responsible for over a third of all reported major injuries. This statistic contributes to rising compensation claims, currently at an all time high costing the UK £800m annually. And with the increased specification of expensive luxury floors such as ceramic and terrazzo, the number of slip accidents is rising.

HSE findings show 30,000 workers taking more than three days off due to slip, trip and falls – equating to a staggering 90,000 days absent from work. However, 90% of slip, trip and fall accidents can be avoided, says HSE. The best way of doing this is by specifying and installing a fit-for-purpose barrier matting system that meets guidelines in BS7953, BS8300 and Approved Document M.

Removing dirt and moisture at the point of entry is far more cost effective than removing them from around a building and if specified correctly, a good barrier matting system can reduce up to 90% of dirt and moisture tracked in. This lowers the risk of slip accidents on wet or soiled floors. By reducing dirt and moisture walked into a building, barrier matting also protects adjoining floorcoverings, helping to maintain their appearance, prolong their lifecycle and reduce cleaning and maintenance costs.

A well-specified matting system also helps make good first impressions by keeping a building’s entrance clean, smart and welcoming. Plus, with the wide choice of design options available, matting can contribute towards interiors schemes. Barrier matting is designed to collect dirt and moisture from foot and trolley traffic, so a regular cleaning and maintenance programme is needed to maintain the performance, visual appearance and lifespan of the products.

Daily vacuuming is needed to remove surface soil with periodic deep cleaning to remove staining and bacteria. Specialist cleaning may also be required to remove contaminants such as chewing gum. By removing dirt and moisture from pedestrian and wheeled traffic, barrier matting can enhance the appearance of a building’s entrance, protect adjacent floorcoverings, lower cleaning and maintenance costs, and reduce the risk of slips to create a safer and more accessible environment.

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This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them online at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.