Anti-Slip Matting: Getting a Grip on your Business Practices!

In today’s business world, numerous companies list “Safety” as their number one priority. Taking this into consideration, while second-nature, can be very rewarding for your business. Utilizing the proper precautions and care to protect the well-being of your employees and customers can significantly increase productivity and retail traffic, as well as decrease employers’ costs.

To ensure the safety of your employees and customers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends and encourages you to install anti-slip matting material in high risk areas, i.e. entrances, kitchens and other work areas.

We here at The Matworks confidently and proudly stand by the fact that safety is of the utmost importance in today’s business world. We back that up by providing only the highest quality of matting materials, instilling that same, five-decade-strong confidence and pride in our satisfied customers.

With 50 years of high-quality, custom flooring installation and maintenance experience, Matworks continues to thrive on customer safety and satisfaction, with the help of our high-quality Anti-Slip matting material.

For your commercial needs, we offer three different, unique types of anti-slip matting material:

 

Product: Light Cuisine
Light cuisine does double-duty as an anti-slip mat as well as an anti-fatigue option. A favorite for wet areas because of its slip resistant qualities and low maintenance cleaning.

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The Light Cuisine grants businesses the opportunity to decrease injury-causing fatigue in employees, as well as providing ant-slip qualities, grasping your every step. For your organization’s designated wet areas such as kitchens, food prep areas, bars and beverage stations, the Light Cuisine is a definite match.

“A new study at England’s Loughborough University confirms that anti-fatigue mats can have a significant, beneficial impact on the health of workers who must stand for long periods of time,” reported EHS Today.

Made entirely of only the highest quality of non-marking rubber, the wide-faced Light Cuisine consists of side-to-side unobstructed holes that allow for maximum drainage and drop-through of water, grease and debris, in addition to providing Matworks’ excellent anti-slip resistant capabilities.

With the Light Cuisine’s three-year limited warranty, its high rating for slip resistance as well as its molded, beveled edges for added safety, your next durable Light Cuisine matting material can be put you ahead of the market with an assured improvement on productivity.

Results from Loughborough’s study indicate that standing for 90-minute periods can cause serious discomfort to the feet, legs and back, as well as stiffness to the neck and shoulders. The study also concluded that the use of anti-fatigue mats can help prevent many of these health concerns.

Get your Light Cuisine set in a grease resistant “Black” or greaseproof “Terracotta.”

 

Product: Water Pro
Water Pro is a flexible and customizable solution for wet areas such as swimming pools, saunas, spas, locker rooms and shower areas.

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The Matworks Water Pro flooring product is your next solution for your everyday swimming environments, spas and saunas, locker rooms and shower areas. Made from the highest quality of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), the Water Pro is specifically engineered to provide a dry walking surface in even the wettest of environments while the gridded surface quickly drains water away.

According to pool expert Steve Goodale, faulty equipment in and around a pool can lead to serious injury and death for swimmers. When it comes to the sources of these preventable situations, Goodale’s list includes “Slippery Decks.”

Made of soft, flexible PVC, the Water Pro can be easily maintained by a simple hose-off or a sweep job if necessary. While ideal for wet areas, the Water Pro is also weather-resistant and is durable enough to support heavy patron traffic.

At 1.4lbs per square foot, you can order your Water Pro, measured at a height of a quarter of an inch, at customizable sizes for your wet area.

 
Product: Corsair
Corsair is a flexible, lightweight option for reducing slips and falls. Corsair can be used on floors as well as shelves.

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The highly flexible Corsair mat is made with an industrial grade ribbed vinyl material. The ribbed matting provides protection for floors and shelves to reduce slippage and provide excellent traction for customers’ safety. For your business specifications, Matworks provides Corsair material in a wide ribbed detail as well as a narrow ribbed detail.

It is very important for commercial businesses to have non-slip mats in place because they can keep both workers and customers safe from disastrous slip and fall accidents.

While the Corsair can be easily maintained, it also goes above and beyond when it comes to protecting your interior floors and, more importantly, your customers. While the Corsair displays a sleek and neat presentation, the patented weather-resistant, Anti-Slip material works to reduce slips and falls, keeping your clientele confident in revisiting your business.

The Matworks’ Corsair is at a neat 3/32 inches of height and comes in sizes of two feet, three feet and four feet in length, enough to roll up to 105 feet.

With a two-year limited warranty, you can confidently order your next set of Corsair matting material for your business’ entrances, hallways, shelving displays and more! When it comes to needed maintenance, the Corsair can be easily hosed off wherever appropriate and they can be lifted and rolled for machine cleaning.

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 
About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers 50 years of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Anti-fatigue mats can increase productivity and decrease costs

According to recent studies, sitting for too long has been correlated to “increased the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even death,” according to Medical News Today. In order to counteract these adverse effects, office workers have turned to standing desks. Researchers claim that not only do standing desks decrease the risks of sitting for too long, but they also “increase your energy levels, alertness and productivity” by improving blood circulation and increasing oxygen to the brain.

In July 2016, researchers at Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that workers using standing desks were 46% more productive than their seated counterparts. “The researchers hypothesized the productivity levels may have improved due to reduced body discomfort, enhanced cognitive function from physiological changes or a combination of these two factors” reports Orthotics and Prosthetics News. Clearly, increased productivity benefits any business but that is not where the benefits to the employee or the business end.

Many other health benefits have been discovered such as increased calorie expenditure, benefits to one’s metabolism and improvement in blood sugar and cholesterol levels. These benefits were echoed by Dr. Genevieve Healy, senior research fellow at the School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia, saying that “replacing two hours a day of sitting time with stepping was associated with an approximately 11% lower average BMI and a 7.5cm smaller average waist circumference. In addition, average blood sugar levels fell by approximately 11%”. Improved employee health benefits a business in the most simple way: by decreasing the costs of health insurance.

Anti-fatigue in labor intensive jobs

But if standing is so beneficial to our health, why don’t we stand all of the time? Cashiers, pharmacists, and manufacturing assembly workers are consistently complaining of back and feet pains resulting from standing for too long. A way that they have found to alleviate the stresses on their bodies is through anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Our Medallion Mat reduces stress and fatigue as a result of standing. With Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) top, the mat is allergen free and anti-microbial as well as oil, grease and chemical resistant. Perfect for cashiers and manufacturing assembly workers, Medallion Mat has a low profile to prevent tripping and is easily maintained.

Product spotlight: Our Pharma Eze Mat has a unique two-piece construction that combines increased bounce and resiliency with unparalleled durability making it ideal for pharmacists who stand on their feet all day. It’s made of 80% recycled rubber and comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Anti-fatigue in office jobs

Those who can’t perform their job sitting have found a way to alleviate the strains of standing. Standing too much causes aches in pains in our feet while sitting too much leads to bad posture and back discomfort. Researchers advise office workers to find the appropriate balance. Standing just a couple of hours per day can yield significant improvements. In order to avoid suffering from problems related to standing up too long, office workers should couple their sit-stand desk with anti-fatigue mats.

Product spotlight: Preference Eze has triple resilient foam backing for anti-fatigue purposes. With its durable carpet top, Preference Eze blends in to an office seamlessly.

There is clearly a lot of research left to be done but one thing is clear: our sedimentary life is starting to have adverse benefits on our health. Take a proactive approach by implementing sit-stand desks and anti-fatigue flooring in the office environment. Step into a more balanced life with our anti-fatigue mats.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Retail Case Study: Just How Important is An Entrance Solution to ROI?

One of our long-time customers, a national grocery chain, asked us to provide an analysis of whether or not an entrance system can reduce the costs associated with slips and falls and also provide an estimate of the ultimate expense to the organization’s bottom line.

We started this analysis by taking a look at national statistics related to slips and falls to understand the landscape and gleaned the following insights:

  • Slips and falls are the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims
  • Floors and flooring materials contribute directly to more than two million fall injuries each year
  • 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors
  • 22% of slip and fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work for each injured worker
  • 65% of all lost workdays are due to slip/fall accidents
  • Slips and falls account for over one million hospital emergency room visits

(Source: http://www.nfmt.com/handouts/baltimore/2015/R2_39.pdf)

As we suspected, flooring and floor maintenance play a huge role in the impact of slips and falls to a company. Using this information as a benchmark, we then began an in-depth analysis for our client who expressed the following challenges:

  • Frequent and costly slip and fall claims attributed to insufficient or complete lack of entryway coverage in stores
  • Improved safety overall for consumers and employees
  • Inability to show ROI of implementing a comprehensive entrance solution program across the entire organization

Highlights of the report, using a scenario where a grocery store averages 4.5m customers per week and 3.5 incidents per million people, include:

  • Implementing an entrance system that reduces slips and falls to 2.4 incidents per million people can save $3.0m annually and prevent approximately 250 injuries
  • Over the life of the recommended entrance system (five years in this case), the client would reduce the expense of claims by nearly $13m and prevent almost 1,300 injuries

You can see the numbers are staggering and would impact an organization’s bottom line regardless of its size. To find out more about this analysis, get in touch to request a customized solution for your organization.

As an expert in retail flooring, we can help you identify areas where consumers may perceive shortcomings in your store’s entryway and beyond. Contact us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

 

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

 

 

 

 

Gallant Wall System: Moving Beyond Flooring

The Matworks is continuously looking for ways to address pain points with our customers, oftentimes not related to flooring but rather other areas of retail operations. One such example is our recent innovation of the Gallant Wall System. This alternative to drywall offers a range of flexibility rarely found in commercial applications.

Why should a retailer consider the innovative Gallant Wall system? Here are the top reasons why we are testing this product and anticipate more interest from customers:

• Easier to Install: Can be installed by one person where drywall requires at least two people to hold it in place.

• Faster Installation: Lead installer with 30 years of drywall experience indicated that the wall at the test site (a national discount retailer with more than 11,000 locations) would have taken three days to install drywall versus the one day it actually took to install the Gallant Wall system.

• Handling & Storage: Drywall requires heavy machinery, more manpower and takes up more space to store. Gallant Wall system arrives on a crate that can easily be moved around by a single person using a forklift.

• Gallant Wall is a finished product. Simply install and done. Eliminates
patching, taping, sanding and painting.

• Does not require special temperature conditions to be installed while drywall requires water and appropriate temperature conditions for the drywall compound.

• Strong and Durable Product: Eliminates plywood framing construction typically needed for pharmacies, cash rooms, and other special rooms.

• Reduces waste since the cut panels are reused at the ends.

Here’s a quick comparison of drywall vs. Gallant:

 

 

Feature Drywall Gallant
Extra storage space needed at jobsite X
Heavy equipment needed to move materials X
Installation requires two or more people X
Finished product X
Suitable for any environment X
Reduced installation time X

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The Matworks offers expert advice for all your retail needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

The True Cost of Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are a major concern for retailers and businesses. According to a report by Zurich North America that focuses on hazards related to snow and ice, the average cost of a slip and fall to an organization is $30,670. In addition to claims by consumers there are also a high number of incidents reported by workers. For a retailer with thousands of visitors per year and hundreds of employees, these claims can cost millions. The good news is the number of claims can be reduced if the right maintenance and flooring plan is in place.

We recommend the following best practices when considering how to mitigate risk in your entrance or lobby:

1. Be sure to have an expert evaluate all of the factors that contribute to risks such as moisture, floor surface materials, overhead coverage and treatment of transitional areas between parking areas and the entrance.

2. Vestibules should have recessed grid systems or permanent carpet installed that act as scrapers on shoe bottoms to remove dirt, debris and moisture.

3. Quality matting, inlaid carpet tiles or permanent carpet tiles with beveled edges should be provided at the interior door threshold and extend 15 to 20 feet into the building to provide additional wiping of shoe bottoms.

4. Maintenance is as critical as the products or systems chosen.

5. The use of caution or wet floor signs is highly recommended to give employees and consumers notice that the floor is slippery when wet. The lack of notice is mentioned often with employee and consumer claims and may cause claim reserves to be increased significantly.

 

The Matworks offers expert advice for all your commercial flooring needs; email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution: info@thematworks.com.

 

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Pharmacy Flooring: Leading the Way in Employee Productivity and Comfort

Over 20 years ago, Matworks was asked by one of their key national customers to help develop a solution for their pharmacists, who often stand for over 10 hours a day. Matworks was built on finding innovative solutions for our customers to help them improve employee productivity and comfort so naturally, we jumped at the opportunity to help.

Pharmacists spend hours walking between compounding areas, computer terminals and service counters. Rarely do we walk into a pharmacy and see the pharmacist or their techs sitting while dispensing medication. This extended standing time contributes to stress on their back, fatigue and pain in various extremities. In a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (http://jamanetwork.com) 13% of all workers who experience pain in the workplace say this reduces their productivity levels.

Employers recognize the obligation they have to provide solutions for their employees that will enable them to leave work in the same manner in which they arrived. One of Matworks customers recently shared, “Creating a safe and healthy environment not only provides a significant ROI but it is our moral obligation”; we couldn’t agree more.

The right anti-fatigue pharmacy flooring can reduce or eliminate fatigue — along with related health and safety hazards, while improving worker productivity. PreferenceEze and PharmaEze are two options Matworks has developed, both widely used in over 4,000 pharmacies nationally. PreferenceEze is a needle punch fiber top surface with foam backing that can be used as a runner or wall-to-wall. PharmaEze is a puzzle cut black foam rubber product made of a unique two-piece construction.

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The use of anti-fatigue solutions helps improve worker productivity and eliminate many of the work-related health problems caused by standing in one location for long periods of time. Making use of these systems is an important part of the big picture when it comes to improving worker productivity and reducing employer costs.

The Matworks offers expert advice for every commercial flooring need, email us with any questions and we will respond with a custom solution – info@thematworks.com.

About The Matworks

The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.

Anti-Fatigue Solutions – Improved Worker Productivity and Reduced Operating Costs

Workers who stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time are reported to experience fatigue and pain in various extremities (feet, knees, back and neck) and may have more workers compensation claims and missed time at work. Employers can reduce or eliminate this fatigue — along with the related health and safety hazards while improving worker productivity by installing anti-fatigue matting or flooring.

Depending upon the environment, anti-fatigue solutions come in a variety of materials and configurations. In areas where moisture, grease or other fluids are present, a rubber solution may be best to address slips and falls while maximizing employee comfort. These wet-area mats often provide drainage as well as cushioning, improving the safety of the area.

For dry areas, a rubber or vinyl top with a cushioned backing is most often used. This option allows for easy cleaning, is antimicrobial, provides ample comfort for workers and maintains the store’s image.

PharmaEze, an option Matworks developed for a major pharmacy chain more than 20 years ago, is available as well. It’s a needle punch 7.5mm fiber top surface with a cushioned backing that can be used as a runner or wall-to-wall, offering an attractive option without sacrificing quality.

The use of anti-fatigue solutions helps improve worker productivity and eliminate many of the work-related health problems caused by standing in one location for long periods of time. Making use of these systems is an important part of the big picture when it comes to improving worker productivity and reducing employer costs.

Overview of Uses:
Pharmacy
Cashier/check out stand
Meat/deli/seafood counter
Customer service counter
Industrial work areas
Kitchens

Types Available:
Walk-off mats
Rolled goods/runners
Wall-to-wall

About The Matworks
The Matworks is a team of individuals with vast industry knowledge, committed to supporting the core values of its employees and customers. By taking a holistic approach, we are positioned to understand the needs, challenges and risks associated with all flooring solutions.

The Matworks offers more than four decades of expertise combined with the dexterity to be entrepreneurial, we are more than a flooring company – we are risk managers, business advisors and partners in your success. Our comprehensive flooring solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our customers.