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Published on 12 April 2021 15:20

Entrance Matting for Hospitals and Healthcare

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Key Learning outcomes
  •  Understand the nuances of specifying entrance matting in a healthcare setting
  • Understand the factors and features that affect performance
  • Discover how to create a zonal system
  • Learn how to write an entrance matting specification that meets both aesthetic and performance requirements
  • Gain essential insights into sizing, performance ratings and standards
  • 5 takeaways to guide your future specifications
Introduction

With hygiene and wellness the highest priority in hospitals and healthcare, entrance matting is your building’s first line of defence against dirt and contaminants.
In this article we look at the key considerations for entrance matting specification and provide guidance for specifying commercial entrance matting in a hospital or healthcare setting

1.0 About Commercial Entrance Matting

On average, every person that enters your building deposits approximately 0.58g of soil from their footwear, wheels and walking sticks. This dirt contains germs and other contaminants that can affect the health and wellbeing of occupants. It can also create slip hazards and damage your internal floor surfaces, dramatically lessening their useful life.

With a consistent flow of foot and wheeled traffic, and strict hygiene considerations, hospitals and healthcare settings need a heavy-duty entrance matting system to tackle this influx.

Within healthcare settings, entrances can often be in use 24 hours a day and subject to heavy footfall, including wheelchairs, trolleys, and electric buggies. Building users are more likely to have mobility or vision issues that need to be considered. With entrances in frequent use, the matting can also be quite exposed to the elements.

These are all key factors that will inform your choice of entrance matting system and insert.

With hundreds - or even thousands - of patients, staff and wheeled vehicles making multiple crossings of the entrance matting each day, a correctly specified commercial entrance matting system is essential for hospitals and healthcare settings to:

1. Protect health by stopping contaminants entering the building
2. Maintain safety by minimising slip hazards
3. Reduce cleaning costs
4. Extend the life of internal floor coverings
5. Ensure a clean and welcoming entrance for every visitor
By correctly specifying a suitable entrance matting system for the building, you will also ensure the matting performs throughout its typical lifespan of 5-15 years.

A poor or inadequate specification however will not only put vulnerable users at increased risk, but it will also result in a shorter lifespan and more frequent replacement. Or create a requirement for unsightly supplementary throw down mats in the interim which can pose a further hazard to visitors.

On average, every person that enters your building deposits approximately 0.58g of soil from their footwear, wheels and walking sticks which can adversely affect the health and wellbeing of occupants.
On average, every person that enters your building deposits approximately 0.58g of soil from their footwear, wheels and walking sticks which can adversely affect the health and wellbeing of occupants.
 
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