Climbing Mat Safety and Standards
At ICP we think of everything when it comes to flooring and matting planning and installation. We think our climbing mats are the best in the world, both in terms of safety and durability! ICP’s CEO and Director Robert Parer was an adviser to Standards Australia for the AS 2316 standard and helped to write the latest version.
One of the big areas of planning is to ensure the flooring itself does not become a safety hazard. The surface needs to be uniform with no gaps or exposed edges. A good floor covering should not cause problems with tripping and limb entrapment – where parts of the body can become stuck and injury occurs.
Another requirement is to ensure that the safety mats have no sharp edges, including protrusions from the structure itself, so climbers do not get abrasions or cuts. The materials used should not be flammable (in accordance with BS 7188) or pose an inhalation risk.
The fall zone standards according to AS 2316.1.1-2021 Section 2.10 determines not only how far matting should extend out from the walls but also any adjacent building structures that may impact a falling climber. For bouldering walls, safety mats need to extend at least 2 metres past the furthermost point of the wall, however we recommend allowing a 2.5 metre distance where possible.
At handover, ICP will inform you of any applicable warranties relating to the flooring installation and the mats themselves. On-site testing will be performed before handover in accordance with Australian Standards for Head Injury Criteria and gmax data. Instructions are also given regarding matting maintenance and best practice for prolonged mat life!
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