Work Uniform Blog

From the Ground Up: The Right Mat System Lays a Foundation for Success

Mark Stedman - Monday November 4, 2019

Most people don’t pay much attention to floor mats. They’re something you step on to clean your shoes as you enter a doorway without really giving it any thought. However, for businesses and manufacturing facilities, mats play an important role in creating a safe and productive work environment.

  • “Slip and falls” are the second leading cause of all workplace injuries, impacting over 25,000 people a day (Liberty Mutual Workplace Index)
  • The costs associated with “slip and fall” accidents exceeds $70 billion every year, according to the National Safety Council
  • Anti-fatigue mats can prevent Cumulative Trauma Disorder, saving billions of dollars each year in increased productivity
  • Workers who stand 8 hours on a concrete floor are 33% less productive, while an anti-fatigue mat increases productivity by 20% to 50%
  • “Sick Building Syndrome” (the loss of productivity from poor air quality) costs businesses over $200 billion a year, according to the Environmental Advisory Council

Finding the Ultimate Mat Program

From reducing the risk of injury to improving the air quality of an office environment, mats are more than just floor decor.

“Anti-fatigue mats can reduce absenteeism, increase production, and improve employee morale,” says David Watterson, VP of Field and International Sales at M+A Matting. “Those are huge benefits.”

But it’s not just the quality of the mat that matters, it’s the entire mat system. At Roscoe, we provide the optimal mats paired with a process to keep them in top-notch condition. And, as with our uniform service, mats are tracked with our state-of-the-art RFID tracking technology. Take our video tour to see our processes in action:

Whether it’s muddy snow in the dead of winter, or the dry summer dust caked to the bottom of your shoes, Roscoe’s mats stop dirt at the door. Not only does this maintain sanitary working conditions, it mitigates worker fatigue and increases the quality of the work environment. But the benefits don’t stop there – we have eight different high-quality mat styles, each with a different job to do.

Roscoe’s 8 Types of Industrial Mats

Scraper Mats, placed outside entrances have sturdy rubber ridges that remove debris from boots and shoes

Super bristle and Ulti-Mats are often placed just inside building entrances. With stiff bristles, these mats stop up to 35% more dirt than a traditional carpeted mat

Logo and Message Mats can be personalized with any message you like, increasing brand awareness and company image

Image Mats protect your floors or carpets and greet visitors and employees with a variety of colors, tweeds, and patterns

Coffee Mats protect floors and carpets from coffee, cream, and sugar spills while providing a safer, cleaner environment

Anti-fatigue Mats reduce stress and fatigue for employees who stand for long periods and have been shown to increase productivity

Restroom Mats keep the floors below urinals and around toilets clean

Reusable Absorbent Carpets are quick-drying, effectively soaking up contaminants such as water, hydraulic fluids, coolants, oils, inks, and solvents.

What makes the Roscoe Mat Rental System Better?

A $100 retail mat will likely last for just 6 months, during which it will slowly become less effective. The more disposable kinds of mats have thinner backing and tend to slide more, increasing the risk of employees falling.

With Roscoe’s rental system, you receive a pair of durable mats that are skid-resistant, ADA compliant, and certified by the National Floor Safety Institute. Roscoe can provide laundering every 1-2 weeks, including pick-up, delivery, inspection, conditioning, and routine repairs.

“One of the advantages of the rental is that you get a fresh mat,” says Dan Oliver, Roscoe’s District Service Manager. “You don’t even have to touch it – we pick it up, we lay a clean one down.”

Maintaining the quality of the mat increases its lifespan and ensures that every mat is performing as it should. Pairing a quality mat with the right laundering service keeps your business clean and your employees safe and productive.

Ready to discover a reliable, cost-effective mat system for your business? Reach out today to learn more.

Contact us to learn more about our mat rental services