Posts Tagged ‘safety mats’
Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I just finished my first week back as a student and even with all the distractions of homework and studying I canâ€™t get mats out of my head.
Iâ€™m learning to be a chef, with the hopes to run my own establishment someday, and safety in the kitchen is the number one thing weâ€™re taught. There are so many little things I have to remember like placing knives a certain way, or wearing the proper non-slip shoes and making sure food is stored at proper temperature etcâ€¦Â The first thing I noticed, while being lectured on the importance of non-slip shoes, is the kitchen had no drainage mat. NONE! Maybe since weâ€™re not actually cooking just yet, they feel theyâ€™re not necessary. Iâ€™ve been all over the school learning where different supplies are, and Iâ€™ve seen everything you can possibly imagine for a kitchen- except a drainage mat.
Itâ€™s really odd that we spent almost a week learning about being safe and they donâ€™t seem to have the very basic (and essential) products you would find in every professionalÂ kitchen Iâ€™ve ever been in before, like safety mats!Â For less than a tuition payment I can outfit the whole kitchen with enough drainage mats to protect every studentâ€™s station.
I understand why shoes are important, but when youâ€™re standing in the same place for hours, I think good anti fatigue mats, safety mats and drainage mats would be a better option. Iâ€™m going to wait a few more weeks before I start telling my Chef his kitchen is ill-equipped!
Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Thereâ€™s nothing more fun than laughing at someone that hurt themselves, especially if it happened in a funny way. But as entertaining as it may be, slips are no laughing matter. As a kid growing up in the restaurant industry I spent lots of weekends pretending to be a cook or waiter, probably annoying the actual cooks and servers, and I witnessed a fall or two.
My dad was always very particular about the safety of his employees. Whether it was escorting his servers to their cars after hours, making sure they have a safe ride home, or providing them with necessary non-slip shoes and non slip mats – safety was number one. The funny, semi ironic, part is my dad would neglect his own safety. He would opt for dress shoes, figuring as the owner of the business he should stand out and look nicer. Problem is Iâ€™ve witnessed my dad fall AT LEAST 5 times in my life, once putting him in the hospital. Thankfully none of his employees have ever injured themselves because workmans comp claims can be outrageous. Unluckily for him, I didnâ€™t work at MatsMatsMats.com at the time and couldnâ€™t let him know how easily and affordable he could have prevented an injuryâ€¦.or 5 in his case.
According to my research there were almost 11,000 serious work injuries caused by slipping or tripping last year and many claims for compensation. They are the most common cause of major injuries at work.
One of the most common causes is because of inadequate flooring or the cleaning of floors. A simple solution would be nonslip anti fatigue mats with drainage holes. The surface will keep your employees from slipping and the drainage holes will help keep debris and spills from staying on the surface. The floor in a workplace has to be suitable for the type of work activity needed. Workers should be able to walk on a floor without fearing that they might slip and any cleaning of it has to be properly notified to the workforce by notices or warnings. The employer is under a duty to maintain flooring to ensure that there are no trip hazards such as tears or holes and if there are changes of level then they should be highlighted. Regrettably people who work with us are often responsible for slipping accidents, they fail to deal with spillages, leaving it for someone else to clean up or they abandon wrappers on floors causing a hazard to others.
My point is if you have the correct matting, whether it be safety mats or anti fatigue mats or both, you can potentially save yourself a lot of hassle and money. In 2010 the average lost-work claim was about $65,000, according to the Workersâ€™ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. For a small fraction of that cost you could easily equip your entire space with one of many many many matsmatsmats!
Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Â Burgers. Yum! No one makes them better than In-N-Out. I feel sorry for all you non-California residents that have to deal with sub-par and derelict nutritional substance.Â If you have a life crisis, these burgers will make you whole again.
Â I actually donâ€™t even get meat on mine, theyâ€™re that good! I know it sounds terrible and hypocritical but, alas, I enjoy my animal-style grilled cheese knowing that somehow, somewhere, my decisions lets another bovine Betty get one more miserable day writhing in her filth… perhaps even on one of our livestock mats? Zing!
Â Seriously though, on a MUCH cheerier note, I couldnâ€™t help but notice that the kitchen workers were all standing on floor mats that look quite a bit like our Performa Non Slip Anti Fatigue Mats. Now Iâ€™m not saying that they are our Performa mats, but if it looks like it and it smells like it, then itâ€™s probably, er, it.
Â Moreover, I wouldnâ€™t dare suggest that In-N-Out burger give us official MatsMatsMats.com employee lunch vouchers in exchange for exceedingly good reviews on their menu items and a break on these awesome non slip mat and drainage mat used in the kitchen as safety-mats, but Iâ€™m just saying; In-N-Out is playing it safe and safety for employees is paramount when youâ€™ve got hormonal teenagers running the show and not sabotaging my meals with saliva expressionism. Not just the advertised ones, either. (Flying dutchman anyone?)
Â In any case, my lunch was a little more interesting (and creepier) knowing that our sphere of influence to just about every nook and cranny of my daily life. I can go into details and start naming potential sponsors (Trader Joes, Iâ€™m looking at you!), but Iâ€™ll refrain since I donâ€™t want to run out of stuff to talk to yaâ€™ll about.
Posted on: June 11th, 2010 by Mark Carmer
In the May 24, 2010Â Federal Register, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its plans for required workplace improvements.Â The notice of proposed rulemaking stated that it plans to require improved worker protection from tripping, slipping, and falling hazards on walking and working surfaces.
OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels said, “This proposal addresses workplace hazards that are a leading cause of work related injuries and deaths.
Among other things, the new proposal requires that floors of workrooms be maintained in a clean and, so far as possible, dry condition. Additionally, it requires that, where wet processes are used, drainage be maintained, and false floors, platforms, mats, or other dry-standing places be provided when practicable. OSHA said it does not expect all surfaces to be maintained in a pristine manner, however, surfaces must be maintained in a condition that will prevent slips, trips, falls, and other hazards.Â Many commercial and industrial matsÂ have been designed specifically to address these concerns and provide an inexpensive way to bring comfort and safety into the workplace.
Posted on: May 19th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
Shouldnâ€™t all anti-fatigue mats be safety anti-fatigue mats as well?Â One would think so, butâ€¦alasâ€¦not all mats designated as anti-fatigue mats are also identifiedâ€”necessarilyâ€”as safety anti fatigue mats.Â But no matter with such technical definitions, most anti-fatigue mats, whether commercial or industrial, tend to be inherently safe, anyway.
How so?Â You ask?Â Just think about it.Â Many anti-fatigue mats either channel away fluids or chemicals, prevent static discharges, wonâ€™t catch on fire, or have a slip-proof surface texture designed to add a measure of improved safety! Â Just about the only anti-fatigue mats with a smooth surface are rubber, marbleized anti-fatigue mats, which have a smooth surface that would become slippery when wet, but these are atypical, compared to most other anti-fatigue mats.