Buildings need floor mats in several different locations in order to maintain a safe environment. Falls are the second most common workplace accident and can be caused by many factors such as cluttered walkways, wet or uneven surfaces, distractions, and poor housekeeping practices. Floor mats at entrances and other problem areas can reduce the risk of these mishaps and keep employees and customers within your building safer.
Consequences of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Aside from the initial surprise, embarrassment, and physical pain of a slip-and-fall accident, there are more consequences that often result, which include back and head injuries, sprains, strains, fractures, and bruises. According to the World Health Organization, there are 37.3 million falls each year and that are severe enough to require medical attention. A business can expect to pay a minimum of $20,000 for a single incident and more if legal action is taken.
A survey regarding fall incidents found that 51% of respondents reported falls at entryways, making this the most common site for accidents. While 92% of participants said they protect their entryways from falls with mats, other hotspots were overlooked. These locations, and percentage of mishaps reported by participants include:
- 24% employee walkways
- 23% transition areas
- 23% around equipment and machines
- 20% frequent spill areas
- 14% customer walkways
Keep Flooring Intact
Floor damage is another costly problem that facilities may face without the proper use of mats. People bring through water, dirt, and other forms of wear and tear every day. Entryway mats can absorb up to 80% of the moisture and grime that daily foot traffic brings in. This is also helpful to your cleaning staff. Instead of having to touch up entryways multiple times a day, they simply need to clean entryway mats on a regular basis.
Improve Air Quality
Another benefit that floor mats provide is improving air quality. According to the EPA the air pollution levels can be five times higher inside than outside. Floor mats collect the dirt, debris, and allergens that customers and employees track in, and keep them out of the air, which prevents your staff from being distracted by sneezing, itchy eyes, and sore throats.
Today’s floor mats come in all kinds of shapes, styles, and colors. Not only are they incredibly practical staples for any commercial facility, they can also add a little style. Citron Hygiene offers a wide variety of options that will fit any tastes and needs, including eco-friendly and LEED-certified businesses!