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Umbrella Bagger EOFY Promotion

Slip and fall accidents occur in all sorts of places, but most commonly in public spaces such as shopping centres, retail outlets, offices and apartment buildings.

Owners and Managers of such spaces have a duty of care to the public and their staff to ensure that the area is safe, secure and clean. The Umbrella Bagger prevents dripping umbrellas from tracking messy and dangerous trails of water past the entryway and ensures that rainwater is effectively contained.

With Winter just around the corner, we have a special End Of Financial Year offer to help keep your customers and staff safe while saving you money.

Until the 30th of June 2017, we are offering our Umbrella Bagger Stations at a heavily discounted price of only $800 including GST (normally $990), plus you will also get 1000 free large and 1000 free small bags and complimentary delivery. What’s more, you will also receive an extra 20% off your next refill bag orders if you order more refills before 30th September 2017.

The Umbrella Bagger Stations are available in your choice of three stylish finishes; Powder coated Black as well as Matt and Gloss Stainless Steel. To take advantage of this special, please call us on 1300 676 807 or email enquiries@matworld.com.au

Umbrella Bagger available in 3 finishes

The health benefits of using standings desks and standing desk mats – can you really afford to stay seated?

The Australian Department of Health’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines says Australians need to limit their sedentary behaviour to improve their health and well-being. The guidelines state that even if you do more than the recommended amount of physical activity every week, you will still benefit from minimising time spent sitting each day, and from regularly interrupting periods of sitting.

“Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible.  56% of Australian adults are either inactive or have low levels of physical activity – that is more than 9.5 million adults!1

 

Avoid a sore back from too much sitting

The act of sitting itself isn’t worse than any other type of daytime physical inactivity, but for most of us, when we’re awake and not moving, we’re sitting; especially in the work place.

Sitting causes the electrical activity in the muscles drops which the leads to a plethora of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate drops immediately to about one per minute. That’s a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day, and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of becoming obese. The enzymes responsible for breaking down lipids and triglycerides plunge, which in turn causes the levels of good cholesterol to fall*.

 

 

None of that is good news but how can we fix it?

The solution, they say, isn’t to sit for six hours at work and then head to the gym afterwards, because the negative effects of extended sitting can’t be countered by brief bouts of strenuous exercise. The answer is including pacing, standing and any other form of activity into your normal work day and standing at your desk for part of it is the easiest way of doing so. Here’s a list of some of the benefits scientists have found so far.

  1. Reduced Risk of Obesity
  2. Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Metabolic Problems
  3. Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  4. Reduced Risk of Cancer
  5. Lower Long-Term Mortality Risk

Dying from sitting? Really?

It’s not the sitting that kills us but rather the benefits of not sitting which reduces the chance of diabetes, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

A 2010 Australian study found that for each extra hour participants spent sitting daily, their overall risk of dying during the study period (seven years) increased by 11%. A 2012 study found that if the average American reduced his or her sitting time to three hours per day, life expectancy would climb by two years.

 

Standing Desk Mats

Time to stand up!

So now that you’ve decided to sit less, experts recommend splitting your time between standing and sitting because standing all day can lead to back, knee or foot problems – easier said than done in some job roles so we will cover that in another blog post. The easiest ways of accomplishing this is by using a desk that can be raised upwards to stand at. Alternatively you might like to use a tall chair that you can pull up to your standing desk when you do need to sit. You could also have a communal standing desk in a shared workplace that is used by many at different times of the day.

Don’t go from all sitting to all standing in one go. It’s important to ease into it by standing for just a few hours a day at first while your body becomes used to the strain. While standing, move around a bit, by shifting your weight, changing your stance, rocking or pacing.

You also don’t want to be standing on a hard floor. Prolonged standing on hard surfaces causes physical fatigue including pain in your feet, legs, back, neck and shoulders. It can also lead to long-term circulatory problems including varicose veins. That’s where the benefits of a standing desk mat come in.

Standing Desk Mats

These mats whilst stable and supportive, also offer comfort to your legs and the rest of your body. Be aware of what environment your mat will be used in and choose a mat that is best suited accordingly. For example, mats with rounded corners and bevelled edges can prevent people tripping.  If you are using mats in a kitchen or other food preparation area, make sure you choose mats that are oil and fat resistant. Also keep in mind the footwear of the people using the mats. For example if it will be someone wearing heels standing on the mat, make sure it’s durable enough to withstand those killer high heels! If it’s going to be used in a wet area, be sure to choose a mat that has been designed to enhance drainage and cleanliness.

At Mat World, we’re so passionate about the benefits of standing mats that we’ve been writing about them (and supplying them) for years. You can find our other tips about standing mats and anti-fatigue mats here.

Browse our Mats and find the best mat to suit your needs here.

 

SOURCES:

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2013.

* Research by the Mayo Clinic

 

Best Standing Desk Mats (For You)

When searching the internet to find the best standing desk mats, most of what’s on offer is quite bland, tiny and may not be cost effective for the size – or worse may lead standing desk users to abandon standing desks. Let’s face the reality that there isn’t a one-type-fits-all when it comes to selecting the best standing desk mat that is available. In Australia, we’re a little ahead of the rest. As the largest supplier of such matting products in Australia, Mat World has a few tips to help customers understand the standing desk mats.

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Best standing desk mats

We offer a wide range of standing desk mats that are suitable for your standing desk, and for the best anti-fatigue mat you may want to look at several considerations;

  1. How hard is the floor underneath?
    If it is unsurfaced concrete or hard tiles, then you may consider a thicker or softer anti fatigue mat. If it is a carpeted area you may consider something a little thinner or firmer. Thickness and firmness may also be a personal preference also.
  2. Is it large enough?
    Most standing desk mats on the market are quite small in length and width. You may want to consider how you would be moving around near your desks. If you find that you’re most comfortable moving around in a larger area surrounding your desk — then by all means ask us about our custom sized anti fatigue matting.
  3. Do you also need to place a chair, stool or rolling wheels over it?
    If you find that you do need to do this, it’s best to contact us so that we can help you with your selection of the best standing desk mat for the job.

We also have more information on getting help to choose the best standing desk mat based on your requirements.

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5 Things to Consider in Choosing Door Mats

Door MatsWhen entering a building we often don’t take notice of a very important object beneath our feet. The door mat (less frequently written as doormat) is one of the most important floor coverings for cleanliness and safety. Many of us convince ourselves that we can use anything, or nothing, at our doors and we don’t give it a thought – we all somehow end up regretting it later. Here we’ll explore a few of the many key points and questions to consider about door mats.

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Remember Anti Fatigue Mats with your Standing Desk

Comfort with Anti Fatigue Mats (sometimes called a Standing Desk Mat)

Be comfortable with an Anti Fatigue Mat at your Standing Desk

We love the concept of standing desks. Staying seated, in recent times, has been compared to other bad health habits. No doubt there will be an increase in the standing desks trend in the coming years; however there are some important things to remember:

  1. Consult a health professional; get some advice from your relevant health professional: Doctor, Chiropractor, Podiatrist etc…
  2. Know your physical limits; standing is great – we all love to do more of it. We may need to. As with everything in life, moderation is key. We need to keep track of how much we do of it. Strike the perfect balance.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes; make sure that your shoes are correctly chosen for your body and feet. You should have comfortable shoes.
  4. Anti Fatigue Matting; yes, you knew this was going to be mentioned. These are sometimes called a Standing Desk Mat. It is an important factor though. That’s why many work safe professionals consider anti fatigue mats as part of their preventative strategies.

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CUSTOM DOOR MATS – AN OVERVIEW

Custom door mats are essential in high traffic commercial environments. As a cleaner or janitor you want mats that are easy to clean and large enough to capture a mess. As a property manager you want the mats to be easy to maintain, safe and help prevent slips and trips. As a building architect or fitting specialist you may have long term aesthetics and design in mind. As a marketing professional you may want your brand to be evident in the mat somehow.

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PREVENTING WORKPLACE SLIPS AT THE DOOR

Safety regulations in Australia may often suggest that workplaces consider rubber matting as a means of accident prevention and as part of the usual workplace risk analyses (e.g.  Victorian WorkCover Checklist). You may find the need to consider your customers, employees, guests, patients, students, visitors etc…

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COMMERCIAL KITCHENS NEED SPECIAL MATS

Soft n Safe Kitchen Mats The major reason for the breakdown or degrading of mats in commercial kitchens is the rubber mats themselves.

Too often rubber mats are sold into kitchens that are nowhere near the specification that is essential if the rubber mats are to last in the difficult environment that is a kitchen.

The problem is that however good extraction systems may be, there is always a degree of fats and oils in the atmosphere and this ultimately settles on horizontal surfaces. And this includes the floor and the mats. In addition, in every kitchen there are inevitable spills which add to the problem.

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TROUBLESHOOTING WITH MATS

[ Errol Goldberg, Managing Director, Pall Mall Manufacturing Co Pty Ltd ]

The introduction of new, far more onerous, Occupational Health regulations has placed anti-fatigue and safety matting squarely in the picture particularly in all facilities where people stand to work.  Such situations are very much a part of virtually all warehousing and production facilities.

It is no longer possible to allow staff to stand and work continuously on hard floors and certainly not on hard, cold floors.

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