Fatigue reducing or Anti-fatigue mats are specifically designed to reduce worker discomfort and increase productivity, especially for those who stand to carry out their jobs for prolonged periods of time. Such mats can come in a variety of materials, but commonly they are made from rubber, vinyl, wood or carpet type materials.
Why should you use an anti-fatigue mat?
They help to reduce lower limb and foot disorders, thus improving absence levels, through lower sick leave, as well as improving worker productivity. A happy worker is a productive worker! The Office for National Statistics reported that in 2013 that 131 million days were lost due to illness so anything to reduce this number is a good thing.
If you’re an employee and stand at your job, then speak to your boss or health and safety officer, if you have one. They will be able to provide an assessment of what’s required and purchase the correct mat for your needs.
If you’re a boss who wants to look after the welfare of your employees (rightly so), there are specialist companies who offer advice on the type of floor mat to suit your needs. Depending on the type of environment, the choice of anti-fatigue mat will vary depending on some factors. For example, if your working environment involves food safety, then there are specific mats for that purpose.
When should you use anti-fatigue mats?
If you have workers who stand on cold, hard floors for prolonged periods of time them they would most likely benefit from anti-fatigue mats. These will lower the risk of foot or lower limb discomfort from standing on or walking on a cold, hard floor for most of the day.
It’s important that mats are installed properly to avoid trips and falls so it’s always best to seek the advice and guidance from a specialist floor mat company.
Prevention is always better then reaction, so ideally, mats should be used before there is any complaint from workers about injuries incurred. It’s best to take a proactive approach before problems arise. This also sends out the right message to your workforce that you’re looking out for them and keeping them comfortable and safe – they’ll thank you for it!
Selecting the right mat
First of all, understand why a mat is needed and the purpose it will serve. There are different attributes a mat can have which will affect how well it will suit a particular environment. For example, if you have a welding environment, then spark resistant mats will be needed.
Fatigue reducing mats are beneficial in some ways:-
- They help to alleviate lower back pain – this is because pressure on the spine is relieved and strain reduced in the back muscles.
- They promote good posture by causing tiny cyclic muscle contractions which improve blood circulation.
- They reduce stiff joints by causing you to make tiny change is posture as you stand.
- Reduce tension in neck and shoulders, which often means fewer headaches.
- Increases productivity as workers are more comfortable and alert while they work.
We hope you found this article useful. Providing your workforce with a comfortable working environment is a sensible choice and one that will most likely lead to increased productivity in the long run.
If health and safety needs addressing in your workplace, then have a read about the benefits of implementing health and safety systems in the workplace to make them safer.