New to BMG’s portfolio of safety and personal protection equipment (PPE) is workplace safety matting and floor-safety products. This range also encompasses specialist floor-safety products for use in non-industrial applications, like reception areas, clean-room environments, kitchens and canteens, shopping malls and shower rooms.

“BMG’s new floor-safety products – which form part of the company’s extensive range of tools and related equipment – is manufactured both locally and internationally by Coba Africa, in line with stringent quality and safety specifications,” says Andrew Johns, business unit manager, tools and equipment, BMG.

“BMG specialists work closely with the Coba team to meet demand from our extensive customer base for durable under-foot safety products that improve safety in the workplace and also reduce fatigue from prolonged standing.

“Slipping is the highest cause of accidents in the work environment. Apart from the investment in essential floor-safety products, we encourage regular cleaning of floor areas to ensure surfaces are free of wet and dry contaminants, for improved safety underfoot,” Johns continues.

Various Coba products are on offer from BMG. These include Coba Orthomat anti-fatigue matting, for workers standing in predominantly stationary positions; Coba Rampmat anti-fatigue mats, with specially-designed drainage holes to release spilt liquids; and KwikLok interlocking floor tiles that are non-conductive and fire-resistant.

Other safety matting for industrial applications includes MK3 rubber and drainage mats, COBArib anti-slip rubber matting, Grip Safe matting for enhanced grip and Knee-Saver mats, designed to ease the kneeling position required by some work procedures.

Further, matting for specialised areas includes Diamond Tread, with a flame-retardant surface; Unimat, a drainable rubber runner; COBAswitch VDE, a lightweight electrical switchboard matting; COBAGrip, manufactured with a chamfered back edge, in bright colours for high visibility; and Premier Grip matting, designed to reduce slipping in wet surfaces of shower areas or change rooms.

“The importance of floor-level safety in the workplace should not be under-estimated. Research shows that Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – which are conditions affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and other soft tissues – as well as slips, trips and falls, are major causes of workplace absence. Preventative measures to reduce these risks is the responsibility of the employer.

“The investment in anti-fatigue matting encourages regular foot movement, promoting healthier circulation and the installation of anti-slip matting, flooring or coatings, significantly improve safety underfoot,” Johns notes.

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