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J P Polymer Sheetings Limited

Copyright 2012

J P Polymer Sheetings Limited

Contact Details


Unit 26 Coneygre Industrial Estate,

Birmingham New Road,


West Midlands.



Tel:  +44 (0) 1215205020

Fax: +44 (0) 1215224610



The Facts





Which product is the correct legal Electrical Insulating Matting for protection against electrical hazards?



IEC61111:2009  - YES

This product is the current national standard for electrical insulating matting. In providing this to your staff or customers this product conforms to the current standard of electrical protection.


BS921:1976 – NO

This product is being withdrawn and as it conflicts with IEC61111.  To purchase and use after the BSI withdrawal date of 2nd January 2013 would find you offering the incorrect product protection to your staff or customers, which may have far reaching implications.  



I currently use BS921 matting what product category should I purchase to replace this?



The direct product category to replace BS921 is Class 0 IEC61111:2009 matting for working up to 1000V AC.

You should carry out a risk assessment  of the voltage rating your employees may be exposed to. Then choose the correct class according to the voltage risk. ie:- 1000v AC or less choose class 0, for higher voltage select classes 2/3/4 according to voltage resistance required.



Is IEC 61111 Class 0 matting

equivalent  to BS921 1976



IEC 61111 Class 0 exceeds the

requirements of BS921 on electrical

resistivity, plus it is technically superior

to BS921 as it exhibits extra qualities

and characteristics which are




These are;

Oil Resistance, Acid Resistance, Puncture Resistance, Slip Resistance



Are there any other factors to consider?




  • All  IEC products supplied by J P Polymer Sheetings Limited give you the security of quality certification, which includes:-

  •               a) Detailed suppliers Test Certificate

                  b) Detailed Instructions for Use

    Plus the additional certificate of an up to date annual test declaration from an independant ISO/IEC/7025/UKAS registered laboratory, which all responsible sources should present to their customer.

  • Characteristics – matting thickness reduced from 9.5mm

  • The 4.5mm - 6mm thicknesses exhibit a lay flat situation in the workplace and                               are not easily rucked up – a major slip/trip advantage over thinner variants, which easily lift and fold.

  • Improved colour coded marking (RED) including date of manufacture on the matting underside every linear metre.




In conclusion the new IEC 61111 2009 specification is therefore a major initiative for improved Health and Safety in the UK and EU.

Electrical insulating matting:  –


flexible sheeting made of elastomer used to cover the surface on which the worker is standing (the potential of this surface is usually that of earth)

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