Many settings come with inherent risks, such as slipping on water or ice. In public and commercial places, this leads to the possibility of liability resulting from injury. With or without liability, injuries can and should be avoided. Safety matting should be laid anywhere the risk of personal injury seems high.
For instance, public pools and hot tubs are a great example. When getting in and out of a pool, there is every chance of slipping on the tile flooring and landing hard. Even around your personal pool, it would be a good idea to place non slip mats for added safety. Kitchen floors can get pretty slick too. All you have to do is drip a bit of water from a dish you are drying or removing from a dishwasher and someone could go flying. When you go swimming at the lake, the dock — or even the back of your boat — could be fitted with non slip mats that will help the swimmer to jump in when he is ready, not fall in unexpectedly.
At a ski resort, the constant hazard is melting snow. It melts into puddles, of course, and so the risk is exactly the same: skiers could slip on their way into or out of a coffee shop or restaurant. Outside snow becomes ice, creating another hazard. Airport floors are usually made from vinyl because it is easy to clean, but this surface can quickly be dotted with puddles as passengers come in from the rain to board their flights.
Individuals who work with electricity should wear rubber soled boots and take great care, but they are still at risk of being shocked. In this case, anti-static matting is an absolute necessity. Professionals who spend a lot of time on their feet, such as checkout clerks in supermarkets, stand on specially designed matting which protects their joints during several hours of standing.
Most safety matting is made from PVC, coconut fibers, recycled tire rubber, or vinyl. Typical features include special adherent backing and draining troughs built into the design. Most of the time the product is textured for added traction. Although consumers can find colored articles and even some with logos on them, the main ingredients they are looking for have to do with safety. Mats should stay where they are laid, address the specific risks of a particular context, and be designed so as not to curl at the edges.