Non-slip mats and coverings for the food industry and gastronomy

Anti-slip In the food industry, slips and falls are responsible for 20% - 30% of accidents that result in long-term downtime.

The problem is that the floor must be smooth in order to be cleaned and disinfected.

However, "the presence of water, vegetable or animal oils, blood, flour and various biological wastes make floors particularly dangerous and falls are more serious as workers often hold various equipment in their hands," emphasizes Henri Saulnier, president of IET (Work Equipment Engineering) of the French INRS.

Cleaning floors alone is not enough to prevent them from being slippery.

Wildbrett & Sauer (1992) observed that even floors with a non-slip coating in contact with e.g. milk also become slippery after cleaning due to the accumulation of microscopic stains (proteins, grease). It would be necessary to systematically replace the anti-skid coating to ensure its effectiveness.

The mats offered by the supermaty.pl store are made of specific rubber mixtures and designed to ensure good adhesion to the floor and immediate drainage of liquid, which is the most effective, economical and durable solution to reduce the risk of slipping. Insulation Floors in workplaces, especially in the food industry, are often cold and wet.

The mats isolate standing employees from the cold ground. This allows your feet to be much warmer and contributes to your overall well-being. Safety A large amount of damage is caused by falling objects, such as porcelain and glass in gastronomy, or tools, such as frequently used knives in the food industry. The mats are made of a specific rubber mixture that neutralizes the impact of such falling objects and thus reduces the risk of breakage and noise, and at the same time protects the floor.

Fatigue reduction The fatigue reduction effect of carpeting is best described in Occupational Health & Safety by James M. Kendrick: “Fatigue-reducing flooring is designed to allow natural, but usually imperceptible, body movements to be performed subtle movements of the calf and thigh muscles. This contributes to the improvement of blood flow through the vessels

in the legs and prevents the blood stagnation in the veins, which makes workers feel tired. "

Research conducted at the Center for Ergonomics at the University of Michigan and the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Kansas found differences between standing on a hard floor and standing on a soft floor, and found a significant effect of floor coverings on fatigue and comfort in various parts of the body worker's. Long-term work in a standing position on a hard floor can cause a number of problems. First, standing causes your muscles to tighten, which reduces blood flow.

This leads to muscle and joint pain and causes blood stagnation in the veins.

Prolonged standing causes additional curvature or excessive flattening of the foot.

This can be simply tiring and a bit painful, but it can also lead to plantar fasciitis or other serious foot problems.

Lower back pain most often occurs in workers who stand at work for 4 or more hours a day.

As described by J.M. Kendrick's fatigue-reducing mat cushioning effect results in micro-movements of the feet, reducing blood stagnation in the leg veins, reducing the risk of slips and falls. A floor covering can also provide safety in the case of cold and damp floors.

Reducing fatigue at work is believed to have a multi-faceted, beneficial effect on workers, reducing the likelihood of accidents and improving overall job performance.

The sickness absence caused by accidents is reduced, the number of sick leaves is reduced and the health and safety conditions are improving.

On the other hand, a carpet that is too soft may have negative effects. It can cause excessive fatigue as it puts too much strain on the skeletal muscles.

The effort associated with this can be compared, for example, to running on sand.

The mats offered by the www.supermaty.pl store are made of specific rubber blends and designed to reduce fatigue. This contributes to increased productivity and employee satisfaction. What is the purpose of using differentiated floor coverings?

Although the results of the research show unequivocally beneficial effects of floor coverings, their effectiveness is finally tested by the employee at the workplace. An employee's physical size and their personal preferences for comfort can influence the choice of floor covering.

A person weighing 90 kg will need a different carpet than a person weighing only 60 kg. Apart from the softness / hardness of the floor covering, the freedom of movement of the worker must also be taken into account. While the anti-slip function of the floor covering is beyond dispute (1 out of 6 accidents

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