Good quality, carefully selected Non-Slip doormats are an effective safety measure when following the HSE guidelines on preventing slips and falls in buildings. Preventing Slips and trips at work (a brief guide) – HSE Leaflet (.pdf)
as an example, using doormats to stop rainwater being tracked in and making the floor slippery.
Selecting the wrong door mat backing can make the slip situation worse.
Nitrile Rubber and PVC. There are two main backing types used in the majority of mats sold today.
Nitrile Rubber is the premium backing for a good reason. It is
- Resistance to oil and grease
- Resistant to cracking
- Temperature range of -40 deg C up-to 108 deg C
- Suitable for Launderable mats, up to 60 deg C
- Non-Slip on smooth floors
Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (NBR)
NBR has good resistance to mineral oils, vegetable oils, benzene/petrol, ordinary diluted acids and alkalines
DO NOT place a PVC backed doormat on a wet floor, as you risk the doormat becoming the slipping hazard
So, Make sure you dry the floor before placing
PVC Mats are, however,
- Low cost
- Available in a wide range of colours
- and should never be placed on a wet floor as the may slip
Do you have any PVC backed door mats, that need replacing?
Select from our range of High Quality, Heavy Duty, Commercial Entrance Matting from our Morland Access Collection each with a non-slip Nitrile Rubber Mat (NBR) backing.