SmartCells Safety FAQs

How slippery are SmartCells® Custom Mats in the presence of liquid?

SmartCells® has an elevated coefficient of friction. Friction test results can be supplied, upon request.  SmartCells® anti-fatigue custom mats, runners and flooring are available with optional additional anti – slip surface treatments, as well.

SmartCells® Bedside Injury Prevention Mats have a surface treatment that will allow for “shufflers” to easily navigate but will also provide solid footing in the presence of liquid.  For especially slippery or wet environments, like bathrooms or shower areas,

SmartCells® “build-your-own” matting / flooring is available with an added anti-slip surface and drain-through holes.


How is SmartCells® affected by rolling loads?

The force required to roll objects on SmartCells is dependent on the size of the wheels and the weight of the object.

According to research conducted by Frasier Health Authority, BC, Canada, in February, 2009:

“The maximum acceptable limit for pushing the equipment as determined using the Snook tables was 24 kg for initial forces and 15 kg for sustained forces. All forces measured to push the Arjo Sara Lift, Arjo Tempo lift and the wheelchair over both surfaces fell within ergonomics guidelines and is considered a low risk of injury (Snook, 1991).

Pushing the equipment on the responsive flooring required a higher push force than pushing on the regular flooring in all conditions with all equipment. However, the responsive flooring push forces still fall within ergonomics guidelines and would be considered an acceptable implementation by the Workplace Health Ergonomics team.”


Do SmartCells® mats contain latex?

NO. SmartCells® custom mats are made from synthetic rubber not natural rubber.
Latex is technically a generic term meaning milky liquid. It can apply to the natural rubber tree sap from which is coagulated an isoprene polymer commonly referred to as natural rubber. It can also apply to the pre-coagulant phase of synthetic polymer manufacture. Since the polymerization occurs in an aqueous phase the milky liquid that occurs prior to coagulation of the polymer is called latex.
The term latex is most generally used to refer specifically to natural rubber.
However, the type I allergy that can occur with skin contact with a latex product always refers to natural rubber latex. The allergic reaction is a response to proteins that occur in natural rubber latex. They simply do not exist in synthetic rubber latex.


The SmartCells® custom mats are heavy, how do we move them?

The mats are intended to be so user friendly that they can stay in place. Research indicates that the surface is very stable for balance-impaired persons and statistically indistinguishable from a standard rigid floor.

The mats will accommodate most typical caregiver activities like standing, walking, wheeling and transferring, without having to move the mats. For more intense cleaning, requiring mat removal, roll the entire mat then “tip” it from one end to a standing position. It can then be easily transported on a wheeled device.  SEE SmartCells Fall Protection Special Instructions


What is SmartCells® fire rating?

SmartCells® with a carpet or vinyl covering comply with NFPA and UBC Class 1 Fire Ratings. SmartCells with a poly coating achieves a Class 2 fire rating.


With all the cells on the underside, doesn't this create infection control issues?

While it is appropriate to be concerned with the surface area that is potentially exposed to pathogens, infection control issues relating to SmartCells have been put to bed for some time. Here are some responses:

  1. As you can imagine, this is a consideration for every one of our clients, so it is always one of the first items of discussion. Every infection control team that has evaluated the SmartCells product has given it the green light, so we are not breaking any new ground with this conversation. Infection control personnel DO allow SmartCells mats and flooring into their hospitals.
  2. While the structure of the SmartCells surfaces present potential for exposure, the material itself is non-porous and is incapable of absorbing liquid, unlike typical foam or sponge based products that are made of cellular structures (like bubble-bath) that contain many, many more times the structural surface area for contamination than SmartCells, especially once they rupture (which is a certainty) or if the coating or cover is ruptured or torn. This is why these mats almost always reek of urine, and why they are often discarded after only months (or a year or so) of use (remember, SmartCells has an 8 year warranty). If organizations have approved that type of fall protection, they will have no challenge approving SmartCells.
  3. The idea of a sealed bottom has been discussed and tried in many industrial marketplaces, and while it holds some logic on paper, the real world application is not practical. Here is what we have found: First, it adds significantly to the price. Second, if the membrane appropriate for sealing is breached, (even by a single pin hole) the ability to then disinfect the bottom surface is almost entirely restricted, since it has been sealed off.
  4. The seams where the mat segments are joined can be sealed, so that mats can be in one piece, if desired, eliminating seams.
  5. If the desired solution is flooring, instead of matting, then the issue of infection control goes away, since the entire SmartCells structure is sealed off entirely, under an additional flooring surface (vinyl or carpet) that is installed on top of the SmartCells, and is cleaned and maintained for infection control purposes in precisely that same way as is currently being done.
  6. The very best process to put these questions to rest is to do an in-house test, with infection control personnel who can inspect and test on their own. SATECH, Inc. will, of course, be pleased to provide for this.


If SmartCells is used as an unlayment, what flooring surfaces are compatible with it?

General considerations:

Hard Surfaces (Vinyl):

Overall criteria: 

1.  2 mm thick minimum

2.  Heterogenous Construction

3.  Dimensional Stability Layer

4.  Heat Weldable

5.  Flexible, not brittle

6.  Affixed with Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)

Soft Surfaces (Carpet Tiles  / Carpet):

Overall criteria: 

1.    Must have flexible vinyl-backing

2.    May be tile or rolled form

3.    Affixed with full-spread Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA), acrylic-based

For a more detailed list of compatible brands / styles please contact SATECH, Inc.