ENTRANCE MATTING REGULATIONS UK
A GEGGUS GUIDE TO ENTRANCE MATING AND BRITISH STANDARDS
Entrance matting is often overlooked when it comes to designing buildings but it is the business/building owner’s responsibility to ensure that workplace floors are safe for employees and visitors and comply with UK Building Regulations. GEGGUS entrance mat systems drastically reduce dirt and moisture ingress in entrance areas, prolonging the lifespan of the surrounding floor, reducing maintenance costs and slip and trip injuries.
So, what are the regulations? Entrance Matting and British Standards:
BS 8300 - Code of Practice details that appropriate entrance flooring should be used to reduce the ingress of soil and surface moisture into buildings.
BS 7953 (1999) – A minimum mat length of 2.1m (in walking direction) is crucial to allow for a typical wheelchair rotation offering ease of movement for disabled users thanks to its anti-slip and firm surface traction.
For maximum removal of dirt and moisture we would recommend two rotations over the entrance flooring system, meaning a recommended mat length of approx. 4.2m.
- Due to poor durability and limited slip resistance (as industry standard) don’t use coir matting or throw down (loose lay) mats as a sole solution for entrance matting in commercial buildings.
- Surface lay mats are recommended as a secondary matting system after a primary aluminium profile entrance mat.
- We recommend a 4mm gap between each profile to prevent trips from heels.
All of the GEGGUS aluminium profile entrance mats comply with the British flooring standards and offer a range of benefits in commercial applications, so you don’t need to worry when it comes to specifying the correct system.