Electrical Matting

Electrical Matting

Insulated matting, also known as electrical or insulating matting, serves several important purposes, primarily related to electrical safety. Here are the key purposes of insulated matting:

  1. Electrical Insulation: The primary purpose of insulated matting is to provide a protective barrier against electric shock. When working with electrical equipment or in areas where there is a risk of electrical contact, insulated matting helps to insulate workers from the ground and prevent the flow of electric current through their bodies.

  2. Workplace Safety: Insulated mats are commonly used in workplaces with electrical equipment, such as power plants, electrical substations, switchgear rooms, and industrial facilities. Placing these mats strategically in these areas helps create a safer working environment by minimizing the risk of electric shock.

  3. Prevention of Electrical Accidents: Electrical accidents, including shocks and arc flashes, can have severe consequences. Insulated matting is a proactive measure to reduce the likelihood of accidents, protecting workers and preventing injuries.

  4. Compliance with Safety Standards: Many industries and regulatory bodies have specific safety standards and regulations that require the use of insulating materials in certain electrical work environments. Insulated matting helps companies comply with these standards and ensure that safety protocols are followed.

  5. Reducing Fatigue: In addition to electrical insulation, some insulated mats also provide anti-fatigue properties. Workers who stand for long periods while working on electrical equipment may benefit from the cushioning and support offered by these mats, helping to reduce fatigue and discomfort.

  6. Color-Coding for Identification: Insulated mats are often color-coded to indicate their electrical resistance levels. This makes it easy for workers to choose the right mat for a specific voltage class or application, ensuring that the mat provides adequate protection.

  7. Resistance to Environmental Factors: Insulated matting is designed to withstand various environmental factors, such as moisture, oils, and chemicals. This durability ensures that the mats remain effective in challenging conditions.

It's important to note that the use of insulated matting should be part of a broader electrical safety program, including proper training, equipment maintenance, and adherence to safety procedures. Regular inspection and testing of the mats are also essential to identify any signs of wear or damage that may compromise their effectiveness.

The European standard IEC 61111:2009 has replaced the national standards of the EU countries sorts the electrical insulating matting as to its resistance to high tension breakdown into 5 classes.

  • Class 0 - Working voltage: 1 000 V - Proof voltage: 5 000 V -  Withstand voltage: 10 000 V
  • Class 1 - Working voltage: 7 500 V - Proof voltage: 10 000 V - Withstand voltage: 20 000 V
  • Class 2  - Working voltage: 17 000 V - Proof voltage: 20 000 V - Withstand voltage: 30 000 V
  • Class 3 - Working voltage: 26 500 V - Proof voltage: 30 000 V - Withstand voltage: 40 000 V
  • Class 4 - Working voltage: 36 000 V - Proof voltage: 40 000 V - Withstand voltage: 50 000 V