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The role of floor mats in preventing slips and falls

May 12, 2014
KEYWORDS cintas / matting / safety
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CINCINNATI — In an industry that experiences an estimated 4 million injuries resulting from slip and fall incidents each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is taking notice1. With anticipated updates to its “Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)” (29 CFR 1910, subparts D and I) on the horizon, Cintas Corporation has announced the availability of a new white paper to help foodservice operators understand the critical role matting plays in controlling slips and falls.

“Too often, restaurant operators place a mat inside their front door and don’t think through a holistic matting program,” said Dave Mesko, senior director of marketing, Cintas Corporation. “New standards are changing that. By identifying best practices for matting and maintenance, restaurants can substantially improve the safety of their floors, protecting patrons and staff.”

Readers of Cintas’ new white paper, “Floor Mats: A Key Component of Your Slip and Fall Prevention Strategy,” will learn:

  • How new standards and pending regulations are changing the way mats are used
  • How to effectively use mats to help reduce slips and falls
  • Tips for engaging employees in your program

“If you’re a safety professional, facility manager or operator of a foodservice operation, you can benefit from reading this white paper,” added Mesko. “While matting is only one facet of a floor maintenance program, it’s a critical element that is anticipated to undergo increased scrutiny. Ensuring your business follows best practices for matting placement and maintenance now can help you stay ahead of any new regulations.”

To access Cintas’ new matting white paper, please visit .

About Cintas Corporation:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.


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