by Brianna Crandall — January 8, 2018 — A slush-covered entryway during a winter storm. A slick floor near the water fountain. A puddle forming by the freezer in the office cafeteria. Any of these common occurrences can result in a slip-and-fall accident, causing injury, lost work time, or lawsuits, points out HOSPECO, a manufacturer of “away-from-home” cleaning and protection products. You think you’ve solved the problem by throwing down a few mats, but you’ve only created different slip-and-fall scenarios: saturated mats sliding on a wet floor; a rippled rug in a high-traffic area; or a corner that bunches and catches on carts, equipment, or an individual’s foot.
To provide a safer option for facilities managers (FMs), HOSPECO just introduced TASKBrand SureGrip absorbent adhesive floor mats, featuring the next generation of sorbent technology, to help prevent slips, trips and falls. SureGrip features a high level of absorption designed to protect floors from moisture with an impermeable adhesive backing. According to the company, the floor mats are fast-drying, won’t slip, and are easily custom-cut for those hard-to-fit areas — use what is needed and keep rolls in storage for the next application.
SureGrip mitigates the sobering statistics given to slip and fall injuries. According to statistics cited by HOSPECO, falls caused by slips — 12% of total falls — account for over 1 million hospital emergency room visits. Falls resulting from slips are said to be the primary cause of lost days, the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims, and, for people aged 55 years and older, the leading cause of occupational injury.
High absorbency combined with high durability means SureGrip has you covered when the unexpected happens, says HOSPECO. The heavyweight, universal sorbent material is engineered to absorb excess moisture, cooking oil, grease/fats, condensation and spills. SureGrip is also an effective barrier protection, stopping dust, dirt and debris from entering offices, storefronts, and businesses, notes the company.
Its advanced adhesive backing assures the floor covering stays put, regardless of constant foot traffic or rollovers by any manner of wheeled equipment, from warehouse hand trucks or forklifts to grocery or food store oil caddies or shopping carts. SureGrip floor mats stay in place so well, in fact, that they clean easily, points out HOSPECO. The mats can be swept, vacuumed, mopped or cleaned with floor scrubbers or shop vacs.
When a SureGrip mat shows signs of wear or staining, simply pull up the mat and pull another section from the roll to replace it. The remarkable sticky backing stops short of each edge for easy removal, pulling up and leaving no residue, says the company.
Available in blue or gray and in either 50-foot or 100-foot rolls, SureGrip can be cut for a custom fit every time, and is fire retardant as per ASTM 726. SureGrip floor mats are said to be a cost-effective choice regardless of comparisons to rental or purchased floor mats of the same size.
Founded in 1919 and a charter member of ISSA, HOSPECO manufactures products serving the foodservice, janitorial/office supply, healthcare, and hospitality industries including Taskbrand disposable wipers, SaniWorks foodservice towels, ProWorks disposable gloves, MicroWorks microfiber towels, and Sphergo flat surface cleaning systems, as well as Washroom Essentials such as air care, personal care, and disposable toilet seat covers.