Restaurant safety is an important part of running a business in this industry. It might not be so obvious, but quite a large number of accidents occur due to slippery surfaces in the restaurant than you might expect. Whether it’s a worker in a commercial kitchen, or a guest dining at your restaurant, slippery floors can be detrimental and hazardous. Luckily, restaurant floor mats assist in the prevention of slipping, ensuring your workers remain safe, and you remain free of any legal action.
The Importance of Having a Floor Matting Strategy
If you don’t have a floor matting strategy, it could ultimately cost you later down the track. In fact, it is vital to be conscious of where you need to place restaurant floor matting; for example, you will need matting in high foot-traffic areas such as doorways and areas where liquid is frequently spilled. Additionally, this could include the bathroom or kitchen areas.
When you have worked out the appropriate amount of floor matting you will require, set it down correctly in order to ensure it stays in the desired location. The main contributors to falls and slips include grease, excess moisture and dirt – however it would be important to note that each restaurant is different; and all have varying requirements. Beverage stations and loading docks, for example, are widely known as one of the most common areas where slipping can occur.
Areas with the Highest Level of Risk
There are generally three areas which have the highest risk of preventable slippages. These include productivity areas, high-traffic areas, high-risk areas and entrance zones.
- Productivity Areas
The purpose of a restaurant mat is obviously to protect the floor; however they’re also efficient in your attempts at improving productivity. When you’re using anti-fatigue mats at work stations, for example, you’re going a long way to improving the morale of your employees and helping their ability to work at a consistent level for a longer period of time.
- High-Traffic Areas
These are the areas with the most foot traffic and can include hallways, doorways, standing areas (such as lines), and cash register areas. When you protect these high-traffic areas with anti-slipping and anti-fatigue restaurant mats you’re going a long way to improve the image of your restaurant by projecting a message of safety and assurance.
- High-Risk Areas
When an area is prone to spillage, the likelihood of a slippage increases. Liquid, dirt and grease are more frequent in such areas – especially those where water is a common element like an area for washing dishes. Other areas you might want to consider placing anti-slip restaurant mats include the bathroom and walkways near kitchen areas.
- Entrance Zones
These areas have perhaps the highest risk. In fact, according to research conducted by the Institute of Industrial Launderers, more than 80% of dirt found in an industrial environment comes from outside. In other words, dirt arrives via the feet of people entering. As a result, it is imperative to have matting located near entrances, to assist in the absorption of both water and dirt. Additionally, don’t forget back door entrances and side way entrances too.
If you require assistance, or have any questions regarding anti-slip and anti-fatigue matting for restaurants, get in touch with Amco. We have a range of matting solutions available for you to browse, and can answer your questions directly. Feel free to call us on 1800 888 598 today.