How to choose mats for oily work stations

By on October 5, 2017

oily workstation mats

Choosing the right mat for an oily environment needs to be carefully considered, due to the increased risk of slipping. We explore the factors to help you select the right safety matting.

The Problem

Engineering and industrial work stations are often prone to spilt liquids, such as oils and grease. Traditional anti fatigue mats, will combat fatigue from standing and have a level of slip resistance, however more hazardous oily work environments require specifically designed anti slip and drainage mat.

The Facts

  • Slip accidents in the workplace are one of the most common to be reported.
  • Slips, trips and falls account for 22% of work related injuries reported in 2015/16 (hse.gov.uk)

The Solution

The installation of a heavy duty drainage mat, with anti-slip and anti-fatigue properties, which are specifically designed to resist chemicals, oils and grease, are an effective way to help prevent slip and trip accidents.

Our safety matting range includes heavy duty 100% nitrile mats with drainage holes to allow any spilt liquids or debris to drain off the surface, to provide safer footing.

Quick Guide

Key things to consider when choosing mats for oily work stations

  1. Surface finish
    A grit surface will add slip resistance
  2. Slip resistance rating
    The higher the rating the better the performance
  3. Wear rating
    A higher wear rating means a more durable mat, ideal if you move around a lot or work with heavy items.
  4. Drainage holes
    Holes allow oil/liquid/swarf to fall through and prevent them becoming a slip risk
  5. Anti-fatigue rating
    A high rating here means that the mat will prevent fatigue for longer
  6. Rubber products with nitrile
    Nitrile helps to prevent damage to the mat from oil’

Our Recommendations

These are our top safety matting recommendations for oily work stations, requiring heavy duty slip resistance and fatigue relief.

For further information about our range, get in touch. We also offer free site surveys.

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