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A Guide to Sports Matting

The correct choice of mat is essential if considerations such as safety, suitability for
purpose, good use of financial resources, ease of handling and storage, plus long life span are to be met.

The following notes should assist in the correct choice. Mats may be broadly classified in weight as Normal, Medium and Light-Weight.

Light Weight Mats

Light weight mats are preferred for P.E. activities where lightness is considered essential. Mats may be stored vertically if space is at a premium. PVC covered mats are flame
retardant to BS 1892; section 2.10; 1990 with ignition sources 0 & 5 composite and 0 & 3 cut tests.

Medium Weight Mats

Reduced weight for easier handling. Chip foam top layer ensures good stable landings. Mats may be stored vertically if space is at a premium. PVC covered mats are flame retardant to BS 1892; section 2.10: 1990 with ignition sources 0 & 5 composite and 0 & 3 cut tests.

Standard (normal) Weight Mats

Deluxe and special mesh surface mats are normal weight mats which provide maximum
stability and fully meet the flame retardancy requirements of BS 1892; section 2.10: 1990 with ignition sources 0 & 5 for the composite cut tests. (PVC and mesh surface). Store horizontally were possible.