How to Prevent Environmental Damage With Access Mats

How to Prevent Environmental Damage With Access Mats

With environmental efforts becoming more and more of a priority and responsibility on job sites, the importance of using resources that minimize your footprint and help protect the land is greater than ever. Site access solutions such as mats and bridges play a significant role in reducing the damage caused by transporting goods, using heavy machinery, and more. At GFI Solutions, we’re proud to offer full-scale site access solutions, including mat rentals and sales, access mat washing, delivery and installation and more. Below we’ll take a quick look at how access matting can help you do your part to stay on the right side of environmental guidelines, while also benefitting your workflow. Read on to learn more!

Why Sustainability Matters

As mentioned above, there is an increasing demand for companies, especially those in the oil & gas, petrochemical, construction, and energy sectors, to ensure their job sites and practices uphold environmentally-oriented standards. Access mats are just one way to ensure you are in compliance while offering a wide variety of other benefits at the same time. Access mats help to ensure environmental and safety standard compliance by:

Minimizing Ground Disturbance

One of the most challenging aspects of any job is protecting the natural landscape while accomplishing the task at hand. Doing so requires careful planning, especially where site access and transportation issues are concerned. By serving as a makeshift road or foundation for heavy trucks, drills, excavators, cranes, and more, access mats help to reduce the damage done to the ground in the first place, which makes post job recovery much easier on the landscape.

Prevent Soil and Weed Contamination

If you’ve got trucks hauling materials throughout different areas of your site or coming in from remote regions, there’s a solid chance their tracks may introduce foreign fauna to the terrain. Access mats act as a shield against this and help to protect the local plant life from contamination.

Circumvent Weather and Challenging Landscapes

It’s no secret that both the Canadian landscape and climate can be unpredictable and difficult to overcome. Site access solutions allow you to conquer both with ease, while also reducing the damage that can be caused by mud, snow, rain, and more.

Prevent Chemical Cross-Contamination

As with organic cross-contamination, chemicals used during your operations can pose a significant risk to the environment. Access mats help prevent them from reaching the ground, and thorough mat cleaning between jobs will prevent future risks as well. Partnering with an experienced team like GFI’s makes it easy to clean mats efficiently, allowing you to get to the next job faster than ever before.

About GFI Solutions

As one of Canada’s leading sources for access mat solutions, GFI is proud to carry the best products available on the market. We are Canada’s exclusive distributor of Sterling Solutions‘ range of TerraLam® CLT products, including their 300 and 500 model access mats, access bridges, and more. Designed with the utmost of quality in mind, TerraLam® solutions embody the many benefits of CLT mats, right down to the superior performance and longevity. For all of your site access needs including rentals, sales, mat washing and more, contact our team today!