Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Information

What is the Life Expectancy of this Mat?

SafeFlex mats are expected to last for 20 years under normal use. Grit can be expected to last for 2 years depending on the environment – weight on the mats, hours per day, types of chemicals spilled on them, frequency and method of cleaning etc.settings and press "Manage Questions" button.

What is ESD?

Electro static dissipation is a component that has been added to our ESD mats to dissipate charge throughout the mat and put an end to static shocks that can be painful to employees and detrimental to sensitive equipment. Our ESD tiles meet ANSI/ESD S7.1 test standard. Grounding (tape or other) needs to be put down on floor under ESD areas but cutting tiles does not affect ESD properties as our proprietary molding technique adds ESD throughout the entire tile not just on top or in one portion of it. Our ESD resistance rating is 1 x 10^7 Ohm. ESD tiles are meant to be used in a dry environment.

Are the mats resistant to industrial chemicals?

Yes mats are highly resistant to industrial chemicals, talk to your rep if you have concerns about a particularly corrosive solvent used in your facility.

How fire resistant are your mats?

All tiles are class 1 fire resistant except ESD tiles

How thin are the tiles?

The tiles are 1 inch thin

What is cord management?

Our tiles were designed with legs to allow cords and hoses to be run underneath and reduce trip hazards.

What size of cords can be run under the mats?

Cords and hoses can be run
under the mats to a maximum diameter of ¾”.

Can I use these in my garage?

Absolutely they are a great surface to help garage stay clean, safe and attractive, also if you spend time standing in your garage doing car repairs, woodworking etc. they provide a wonderful ergonomic surface.

Where do I get my product spec sheets?

Spec sheets are found on product page of our website by clicking on spec sheet button under each product listing.

How do I purchase these mats?

Mats can be purchased through national dealers. Contact an ergo advantage rep or email us at to find out a distributor in your area.

What are the colors for?

Colors have a variety of uses. They can demarcate hazards, work spaces, spill areas or static areas. They can edge a raised area. They can be used as contrast to help spot dropped parts or simply to increase the esthetic or brand awareness of the plant.

Are there safety ramps?

There are bevelled edges that should be installed at all on/off points.

How do domes and sway help ergonomically?

Domes cause a tiny amount of instability in the flooring surface which encourage employee movement which helps with blood flow and lessens fatigue and stress.

How does compression flex technology work?

When weight is placed on the tile the patented leg structure disperses weight evenly throughout the tile. Leg and tile surface compresses slightly and provides cushioning then returns to its original position as weight is released aiding the upward movement of the foot.

Industry Research & Facts

Are there studies that prove that anti-fatigue mats actually work?

Yes many! Check out our Case Studies

How many accidents are caused by slip hazards every year?

29% of workplace accidents are caused by slip hazards.

Don't insoles do the same thing?

Insoles can help cushion to a certain extent but only provide a fraction of the protection of SafeFlex mats plus insoles have very limited time of effectiveness and have no way to be tested. Also, insoles do not prevent slips and trips.

Isn't a soft mat more comfortable on a long shift?

A soft mat actually compresses completely at which point they no longer offer any cushion value at all. As well soft mats can be a trip hazard as a foot sinks in and can be locked into place and twist. Soft mats increase fatigue and do not offer support.

Installation & Maintenance

Are all tile types able to lock with each other?

Yes they all have the same interlock structure so edges, corners and all tile types can be attached to each other easily and quickly and will not disconnect with normal use. To unlock simply roll up the side and the interlocks come apart easily and allow for reassembly to accommodate new equipment or any other change in environment.

How do I install the mats?

Your SafeFlex rep can assist you in plotting the installation of your tiles. In general terms, tiles are installed left to right with male edges at 3 and 6. More detailed installation guidelines can be obtained from your SafeFlex rep.

How do I clean the mats?

Mats can be swept, vacuumed or power washed and cleaned with any type of industrial grade soap/disinfectant.

Can tiles be used on a raised grated platform?

Yes. We have an underlay available to accommodate the uneven grated surface. This provides a smooth surface to ensure stability of leg structure and integrity of tiles.

Does cutting the tiles affect their ESD or their compression rating?

No, tiles can be cut to go around equipment or posts and still retain their structural
and ESD integrity.

Will the edges curl on the mats?

No, the edges will never curl.

Can I get them re-fitted?

At this point, we are unable to refit once installed.

How do I recycle your mats when they wear out?

We will take any tiles and recycle them at no cost to you at any time.