Why matting? Slip resistance

According to the UK's HSE (Health and Safety Executive) slips, trips and falls are the most common of workplace hazards and make up over a third of all major injuries. cause the majority of general industry accidents a fact that employers cannot ignore!

Employers also face the risk of litigation and the additional burden of a down turn in productivity, production delays, overtime, extra temporary labor and training costs.

Looking for the causes of slips and trips is therefore vital and emphasizing the importance of floor safety cannot be overstated, particularly where the floor surface is likely to be slippery or hazardous.

According to the HSE, the most common causes of slips include:

Slip resistance for wet areas

slip resistance wet zone

Slip resistant matting is vital wherever water may be present, especially in public places such as jetties, around swimming pools, in shower rooms and in changing areas.

Plastex's matting range for barefoot and wetside features matting products with high slip resistance properties as well as excellent drainage.

Slip resistance for working environments

slip resistance workplace

Underfoot safety in manufacturing, production, sorting lines, benches, handling areas and workstations is needed to help protect employees from grease and water spillages and the debris that can cause accidents. Plastex's slip resistant matting range for the workplace.

Slip resistance for external walkways

slip walkways

All-weather matting provides safe and slip resistant access on flat and sloping public walkways (see here) to high level roofs and gantries (see specialist matting range).

Slip resistance for entrances

slip entrances

Up to 80% of dirt entering a building is taken in on the soles of shoes or on the tyres of wheels. Plastex high performance entrance flooring systems will keep busy entrance halls clean and safe by effectively scraping away dirt, protecting internal floors, minimizing the risk of slipping and effectively reducing cleaning and maintenance costs.

Slip resistance for bars/kitchens/food processing

slip food processing

Liquids, grease and spillages are likely in bars, food preparation and service areas. Installing slip resistant matting ensures the safety and comfort of staff and customers (see here).

Plastex's matting range is tested to International standards using the DIN 51130 slip resistance testing: the matting is inclined with a person, wearing calibrated footwear, standing on the wetted surface, until a slip occurs. Dependent on the angle of inclination when the slip occurs, an appropriate R rating is given.

Slip resistance Classification
Incline from 3 to 9 R9
Incline from 10 to 19 R10
Incline from 19 to 27 R11
Incline from 27 to 35 R12
Incline from 35 R13


matting for slip resistance
useful links

US Department of Labor - Occupational Safety & Health Administration

UK's Health and Safety Executive

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

recommended products

Barefoot and wet side:

Heronrib - Sport & leisure matting

Herontile - Wet area tiling

Floorline - Wet side areas light duty matting

Working environments:

Vynagrip - Heavy usage matting

Flexigrid - Heavy duty matting

Heronair - Tubular cushion matting

Firmagrip - Close mesh matting

Floorline - Light duty matting

External walkways:

Vynagrip - Heavy usage matting

Crossgrip - Roof walkway matting

Frontrunner XT - Entrance matting for high traffic areas

Entrance matting:

Frontrunner Entry - High traffic internal areas

Frontrunner Brush - Maximum dirt removal in internal/external areas

Frontrunner Brush Wide - Larger debris removal in external areas

Frontrunner SB - Surface mounted in high traffic internal areas

Frontrunner SB+ - Surface mounted moisture removal in high traffic internal areas

Frontrunner Plus - Maximum moisture removal in internal areas

Frontrunner XT - High traffic internal/external areas

Bars/Kitchens/Food processing areas:

Herongripa - Animal fat resistant matting for intensive food processing

Grip Rock - Commercial kitchen and food processing