Wearwell is pleased to introduce a new way of thinking about the selection process for ergonomic matting and flooring. WATCH is intended to be an easy to remember and comprehensive set of criteria to help customers specify the right products.
Anti-fatigue and safety matting is essential to the development of an ergonomically correct work environment for standing employees. Providing the proper ergonomic improves employee productivity, reduces lost time injuries and incidents, upgrades a facility’s aesthetics and simply saves money for the organization. Since matting is purchased less frequently than many other safety products (Ergonomic matting typically lasts 12 months or more in application), making the proper choice can be confusing to any buyer.
How Can WATCH Help You?
Improve employee production
Reduce lost time
Reduce injuries and incidents
Upgrade facility aesthetics
What is WATCH?
Wet Conditions: By nature, fluid degrades anything solid, including mats. This process can be greatly accelerated if the fluid is incompatible with the solid material it touches. Compatibility issues result in accelerated softening or hardening of the material and ultimately, the need to replace the mat. Pooling water increases the risk of slip hazards. Anti-fatigue and safety matting can reduce these risks when properly selected.
Application Specifics: Many Work Environments have specific requirements to ensure worker and product safety, as well as overall productivity. OSHA, USDA, FDA, and the military all have rules for product usage in high risk environments. Additionally, unique product features are built into many products to accommodate areas that are wet and slippery, prone to electro-static static discharge, exposed to weld sparks and other application specific variables. Considering the application specifics where flooring and matting are to be used is extremely important.
Tearing: In general, mats are constructed of durable rubber and plastic materials and are resistant to tearing. However, heavy equipment on a mat can create enough torque to create a tear. Thin edges on a mat can result in weaker points that tear relatively easily. Also, modular mats with seams at the joints can separate over time depending on the connection system. There are many different types of anti-fatigue matting – those that are best suited to light, medium, and heavy use areas. Is the wrong mat is chosen for an area the life of the mat is compromised.
Compression: To be ergonomically useful, a mat needs to be resilient, meaning it needs to be flexible enough to resume its original shape or position after being compressed. In addition, an effective anti-fatigue mat needs to provide a soft enough surface that the muscles in the legs and back subtly flex to keep blood circulating. When a mat crushes down and loses its resilience, it is no longer ergonomically useful and should be replaced. Wearwell’s Nitricell® sponge instantly springs back, making it one of the most lasting and comfortable products on the market today.
Heavy Duty: The top surface of a mat needs to be a slip resistant and aesthetically appropriate for the environment. It also needs to protect the underside of the mat from damage. A high traffic environment can cause the top surface to wear down and the mat to be replaced. A heavy traffic area requires anti-fatigue matting that will withstand abuse.
Knowing what to WATCH for provides peace of mind in the selection process. We encourage you to visit Production Automation and see all of the Wearwell mats we carry. We are currently running a special: order $100 or more of Wearwell matting and receive FREE SHIPPING! If you need to replace anti-fatigue matting in your work space, now is the time to do it! START SHOPPING FOR WEARWELL NOW!
Mel Meadows is a product specialist with over 13 years of experience. She’s a central source of expertise for thousands of industrial and critical-class products featured on the Production Automation web store. By working directly with manufacturers, Mel deciphers technical documentation and outlines product use in real-world environments. View her profile to learn more about proper techniques, protocol, and product usage in both industrial and cleanroom facilities.