Know How about Safety Mats

Posted 12/26/2013

Need of Safety Mat.

Electrical control panels are used to handle electronic devices by keeping  an eye on various display instruments. Technicians spend fair amount of time monitoring such panels.  Due to  power concentration at panels, there is always a chance for accidentally current leakage which could be dangerous for workers. Insulating matting prevents the technician from current being grounded thereby preventing them from electric shock.

Where these are placed.

  • Electrically insulated Rubber matting are laid down around,
  • Control Panels,
  • Switch-boards,
  • Bus Bars,
  • Switch gear,
  • Fuse Boxes,
  • Transformers &
  • Heavy Machines.

Which Product to Choose.

IS:15652-2006, IEC:61111 & ASTM D147 are National & International Standards prescribed for Safety matting. As per Bureau of Indian standards, these are  classified in three categories based on voltage rating, namely,

       Class              Working Voltage

        A                      up to 3.3KV

                                                                                                     B                      up to 11KV

                                                                                                     C                      up to 33KV

Material Spefication.

Mats are manufactured from Elastomer material which posses high Di-electric Properties. This includes Rubbers, Thermoplastic material & Synthetic Polymers. Material should be tested against following parameters:

  • Dielectric Strength
  • Oil, Solvent & Acid Resistance
  • Anti-Skid Properties
  • Flame Retardance
  • Ageing Factor.
  • Mechanical Strength
  • Physical inspection includes, Pinholes, crack, foreign matter, tearing strength.

 In what sizes they comes in.

Safety Mats are readily available in various length, breath, design and colour. Normally, the width is 1000mm, Thickness- 2mm, 2.5mm & 3mm & Length- In Rolls, 10m, 15m, 20m.