Safety First – SafeTread

Solmedia SafeTread Mats are uniquely designed with a PVC looped surface that effectively catches paraffin wax and dirt and debris from footwear and then tucks it away to prevent any slip hazards. Its vinyl backing allows for minimum movement whilst it’s surrounding edging prevents any curling or lifting enabling you to move around the laboratory quickly and safely without any cause of tripping. SafeTread can be custom-made to your specific length and width requirements, allowing you to protect all areas of your lab, even the more difficult areas to cover.

Why are Safety Mats important?

Equipping your floors with Safety Mats is essential to your lab. Mats can help maintain a cleaner and more hygienic environment by trapping dirt, debris, and moisture from outdoor environments, also improving the overall appearance of the lab. Substances on the floors can consequently cause slips and trips.

According to HSE statistics 32% of non-fatal injuries to employees (as reported by employers) for 2022/23 were caused by slips, trips or falls on the same level (Health and Safety at Work Summary statistics for Great Britain 2023). This was reported to be the highest cause of non-fatal injuries within the workplace in 2023. Therefore, putting in place the right safety mats is important to your team’s safety and the right mats can prevent slips and falls from occurring. Safety Mats can also contribute to compliance with health and safety regulations, ensuring a safer working environment.

In addition, mats can provide anti-fatigue properties for employees who stand for long periods, such as in a laboratory. The materials and properties of mats can help reduce the strain on their feet, legs, and lower back. These mats provide a more comfortable surface, improving overall worker well-being and productivity.

What makes a good safety mat?

  1. Durable Materials: – Safety mats should be made from high-quality, durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of the specific environment and also remain resistant to chemicals or oils. Good materials include PVC, rubber, vinyl, or foam.
  2. Slip Resistance: The mat should have a textured or non-slip surface to provide traction and prevent slips and falls. This also includes the mat slipping or moving; therefore, the backing of the mat should also grip the floor and stay in place.
  3. Customisation – Bespoke sizes that are made to order are perfect for covering all areas and difficult shapes, increasing safety within the workplace.
  4. Duration – The sampling duration should align with the expected exposure within the lab.
  5. Cushioning and Comfort – The thickness of the mat should provide appropriate cushioning and comfort to the user and can also help reduce the strain on the feet, legs, and lower back and reduce fatigue.
  6. Bevelled Edges: Mats with bevelled edges help prevent tripping as they reduce the height difference between the mat and the floor and allow for easy access.
  7. Meets Safety Standards: For a good safety mat, the mat should comply with relevant safety standards and regulations.
  8. Easy to Clean: Mats should be easy to clean and maintain cleanliness to ensure a good hygienic environment.