Friday, January 19, 2018

Wearwell Ergonomic Matting FAQ's



1. Can you customize matting?

Custom mats and floors are our specialty! Our online catalog allows you to specify custom lengths and widths for most products. If you don’t see what you need in the catalog, contact us and we can find a solution together.

2. Are your products resistant to chemicals and industrial fluids?

  • Download our Chemical Resistance Guide for a complete list of tested products.
  • If your chemical is not on the chart, please call us for further guidance. Before you call, please have specific information including an MSDS of the chemical in question, if available.
  • If the chemical is quite caustic, or if we cannot definitively answer your questions, please request a sample for testing.

3. Where do I find product Spec Sheets?

Up to date product specifications are available when ever and where ever you want it- all from the Wearwell website!  Simply go to any product page and click on the download or print icon in the top right-hand corner.

4. I need to purchase some Wearwell mats.  Where should I go?

Please reach out to, they are a leading distributor of Wearwell mats.  They typically have the best pricing and the most knowledgeable sales people.

5. Where do I find the MSDS for a mat?

Wearwell products fall under the definition of “Articles” as outlined by OSHA. This means that under normal conditions, there is no expectation that our products release amounts of hazardous materials that pose a physical hazard or health risk to our customers. So no MSDS is available or required for Wearwell goods.

6. How do I clean my mat?

Download our Mat Cleaning Guidelines.

7. What is the life expectancy of this mat?

The life expectancy can vary dramatically depending on a multitude of factors such as: foot traffic, exposure to oils, caustic chemicals or fluids, excessive temperatures, cleaning and maintenance schedule, compound, etc. The following are general guidelines based on our customers’ experience (your experience may vary):
  • 5 Years or more - Urethane Mats (Ex: Rejuvenator®)
  • 3 to 5 years - SpongeCote® Mats (Ex: Diamond-Plate SpongeCote®) and Injection molded PVC (Ex: ErgoDeck®)
  • 2 to 3 years - Molded Rubber Mats (Ex: 24/Seven®)
  • 6 to 12 months - PVC Sponges (Ex: Tuf Sponge)

8. Are there studies that prove anti-fatigue mats actually work, i.e. that they reduce fatigue and increase productivity?

Yes. We have an excellent summary of the most often cited studies and a yearlong productivity trial conducted at a manufacturing plant in Tennessee. You can review the results in our Proven Cost Reduction PDF.

9. What is the difference between an ESD and a Non-conductive mat?

ESD mats protect sensitive equipment by drawing static electricity off workers before they touch susceptible chemicals or apparatus. Humans quickly generate static electricity through friction caused by walking or using chairs with casters. With a simple touch, this static electricity is passed from the person to sensitive electronics. One such shock can destroy internal microchips or cause a spark that can ignite flammable chemicals. However, if the person steps on a ESD mat, the static is safely transferred from the person to the ground.
Most commonly called Switchboard Matting, non-conductive mats insulate and protect workers from deadly shocks generated by high voltage equipment. (This type of electrical shock is dangerous because it has high amperage.) These mats will not allow the electricity to conduct through the worker, and hence protects workers from serious injury.

10. I have an ESD anti-fatigue mat, but my employees still get static shocks and I am afraid this static discharge is damaging our products. What is the problem?

There are two possibilities:
  1. The mats are not grounded. Every ESD mat has a snap to connect to a ground cord, which then must be grounded to an electrical outlet or similar conduit. If the mat is not grounded there is no place for the static electricity to go. The employees will still be able to pass it on to the equipment.
  2. The employees have insulated shoes and are not wearing heel grounders. Most shoes have soles that are not designed to conduct electricity (i.e. any shoes with rubber soles for example). In order to allow the static electricity to flow off the employee, he or she must wear heel grounders and the long fabric strip must touch his or her skin.

11. How should I ground my Modular ESD (788 & 789) mats?

Our Modular ESD mats (788 & 789) have a resistance between 3x10^4 and 5x10^5 ohms which falls in the low end of the conductive range. There are two different methods for grounding these mats.
  1. Use a conductive coating for the floor where the mats are used. This method prevents the need for grounding cords. There are various resistance ranges for coatings to meet the various needs of each user.
  2. A second method for grounding utilizes snaps. While each user’s needs are different, a good rule of thumb is the resistance will go by a factor of 10 for every seam between an area and the nearest grounded snap. For example if you have 3 mats connected end to end and the one on the far left is grounded the resistance at the far right will be 3x10^7 ohm.
Different users will require different resistances to ground. It is important to test the mat at various places to ground and set up the area to meet your individual requirements. If you aren’t sure where to start we suggest that you begin with no more than 2 ungrounded tiles between grounded ones.

12. What does Coefficient of Friction mean?

Coefficient of Friction or COF is the measure of traction provided by the surface of the mat. It is a measurement of force that must be exerted before an object slips. Therefore, the higher the number, the better the traction. OSHA recommends a minimum COF of .5 in dry areas and .25 in wet. The ADA recommends .6 on flat surfaces and .8 on ramps
Our GRITSHIELD and ErgoDeck No-Slip cleated products are the best Wearwell® mats to use in slippery areas. GRITSHIELD is our unique grit system that provides up to 40% higher traction. ErgoDeck with No-Slip cleats are a revolutionary solution for high traction, longer–lasting slip prevention in even the most extreme environments.

13. How can I tell how soft a mat will be?

The actual test for softness is determined by the material and manufacturing process of the mat. There are two that conform to Wearwell products:
Compression Deflection - This is one way of measuring the softness or comfort level of a sponge mat. It measures how much a person's foot sinks into the mat – the higher the reading, the softer the mat. The results are affected by the thickness of the sponge backing and the flexibility of the surface material. We consider .20 - .5 the ideal range using the ASTM D575 test methods.
Durometer - The measure of hardness/softness of molded rubber and molded PVC mats. As a general rule, the lower the durometer, the softer the mat. Most of our mats range between 45-70 durometer. We consider between 45 and 65 durometer to be ideal range for molded rubber mats using the ASTM D2240 test methods.

14. Don't  shoes and insoles do the same thing?

There’s no question that having the right footwear is important, but when it comes to health, safety and performance, thesurface matters!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Speakman SE-4330 GravityFlo Heated Portable Eyewash Station

Speakman SE-4330 GravityFlo Heated Portable Eyewash Station

With the Speakman GravityFlo SE-4330 Heated Portable Eyewash, our goal was to create a product that would deliver suitable relief in the harshest environments. Featuring a waterproof, insulated jacket that perfectly covers our signature GravityFlo SE-4300 Eyewash, this product keeps water tepid in weather conditions as low as -10° F. Its portable design allows you to place the unit practically anywhere on your work site. With a 20-gallon capacity tank, GravityFlo delivers water for 15-continuous minutes without being connected to a plumbing supply.

•  20 gallon capacity tank, high density molded polyethylene
•  Water-resistant insulating jacket with Zipper for ease of assembly and access
• LCD temperature readout
• Provides tepid water to flush the eyes
•  Keeps water tepid down to ambient temperatures of  -10°F (-23°C)
• Heater: 120VAC/3 amps; 200 W heating pads
• Includes ground fault plug with reset
• Molded plastic spray outlets
• Elastomeric pull strap activator
• Shelf or wall mount (metal bracket included)
• Plastic fill cap with integral tamper prevention
• Integral basin drain with 3/4 in. GHT male fitting
• Eyewash sign integral to jacket graphics
•  Unit exceeds the minimum 0.4 gpm for 15 minutes as stated by ANSI/ISEA Standard

• ANSI/ISEA Z358.1
• UL499/CSA B22.2

• 3 year limited

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weldas Glove Medic Repair & Reinforcement Kits

Glove Medic™ Repair & Reinforcement Kits


Maximize performance and longevity with one quick and easy solution. In seconds, Glove Medic™ allows you to customize or repair glove in a safe and cost effective way.

Patent Pending and made of real leather.
Kit contains 1 thumb, 2 fingers, and 1 versatile strip.

Friday, November 11, 2016

3M Belt-Mounted Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) GVP-Series

3M Belt-Mounted Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) GVP-Series

Code Systems Includes
GVP-1 Belt-Mounted PAPR Assembly Motor blower GVP-100, web belt GVP-127, battery GVP-111, charger GVP-112, flow meter GVP-113, power cord GVP-110, blower plugs GVP-115
GVP-1NiMH Belt-Mounted PAPR Assembly Same as GVP-1 except BP-15 NiMH battery, BC-210 charger and GVP-210 power cord instead of GVP-111 NiCd battery, GVP-112 charger and GVP-110 power cord
GVP-CB Belt-Mounted PAPR Assembly Same as GVP-1 except comfort belt CB-1000 instead of web belt GVP-127
GVP-CBNiMH Belt-Mounted PAPR Assembly Same as GVP-1NiMH except comfort belt CB-1000 instead of web belt GVP-127
GVP-1U Belt-Mounted PAPR Assembly Same as GVP-1 except urethane coated belt GVP-117 instead of web belt GVP-127
GVP-1U NiMH Belt-Mounted PAPR Assembly Same as GVP-1NiMH except urethane coated belt GVP-117 instead of web belt GVP-127

* To complete a PAPR system, it is necessary to order appropriate headgear, breathing tube and cartridges/filters.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

MSA 10046570 CBRN Canister For Millennium And Ultra Elite Facepieces

MSA 10046570 Canister, Threaded, CBRN - Click here to order

  • Each canister consists of a plastic body, impregnated activated carbon fill, mini-pleated/hot melt separated filter media, polyester top filter and urethane adhesives.
  • The filter media is composed of microglass with HEPA efficiency. The impregnated activated carbon is chromium free.
  • Style of Canister thread Attachment: RD 40 military style
  • Respirator Type: Millennium Gas Mask or Ultra Elite Demand
  • Compatible with Millennium CBRN Gas Mask
    • Size Small 10051286
    • Size Medium 10051287
    • Size Large 10051288
    • Compatible with Ultra Elite CBRN Gas Mask
      • Size Small, rubber Head Harness 10052776
      • Size Medium, rubber Head Harness 10052781
      • Size Large, rubber Head Harness 10052778
      • Size Small, SpeeD-On Head Harness 10052780
      • Size Medium, SpeeD-On Head Harness 10052779
      • Size Large, SpeeD-On Head Harness 10052777

       Please use the link below to read more about the MSA 10046570