Fatigue in the workplace leads to reduced concentration levels, increasing the risk of an accident. It may also lead to a decrease in productivity and employee absence. In order to address this problem, anti-fatigue mats offer protection to those who stand on a hard floor at work for prolonged periods, easing the strain on the back, lower legs and feet.
How Do Anti-Fatigue Mats Work?
By creating a more comfortable surface to stand on, it is possible to reduce the risk of fatigue.
A softer surface encourages leg movement, with feet adjusting to remain balanced, which improves posture and means the weight is distributed and joints keep moving. When leg muscles relax and contract, it helps the flow of blood around the body, meaning the heart has less work to do, resulting in less fatigue.
In addition to keeping leg muscles moving, frequent movements help to reduce headaches, eases the strain on the back, while a rubber mat on the floor offers additional anti-fatigue qualities by ensuring workers are not standing on a cold hard surface, which is never pleasant as it lowers body temperature and puts more pressure on the heart to keep the body warm.
Use Anti Fatigue Mats to Reduce Health Problems & Protect Staff
Padded floor mats with anti-fatigue qualities will help reduce many common problems associated with standing in the same position for lengthy periods of the working day. This in turn will ensure employees are happier, more productive and reduce absence.
- Reduce joint pains – usually in ankles, knees, hips & back
- Plantar Fasciitis – prevent the inflammation of the underside of the foot
- Stop fatigue and tiredness linked to standing still, improving concentration and productivity
- Reduce the risk of excessive over-pronation of the feet (contributing to flat feet)
- Reduce the risk of varicose veins and other circulatory disorders
- Improve posture
- Minimise issues with swollen feet, ankles and Achilles Tendonitis.
Although not required by law, anti-fatigue mats offer are a solution to help prevent many of the above health issues caused by prolonged standing. We firmly believe that increasing employee comfort and wellbeing is reason enough to invest in affordable rubber floor matting.
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Common Locations For Anti-Fatigue Mats
There are a vast number of workplace environments where anti-fatigue matting will be beneficial to staff including in hair salons, healthcare facilities and industrial workplaces.
Anti Fatigue Kitchen Mats
One of the most popular locations that Mats Nationwide supply is commercial kitchens and restaurants throughout the UK and internationally. Anti-fatigue kitchen mats are specially designed to allow liquids and waste to drain away and prevent slip hazards. Our rubber kitchen mats are constructed with oil and greaseproof materials, while they are also washable in the interests of hygiene.
Some additional examples include:
- Production and assembly lines
- Distribution centres
- Customer service desk
- In bars and restaurants
- Hair salons
- Hotel or leisure reception desks
- Security booths and CCTV stations used in retail or airports
FINDING THE RIGHT ANTI FATIGUE MATTING
Finding the Right Anti-Fatigue Matting
Not all workplaces are the same, so choosing the correct anti-fatigue mat to stand up to the job is important. One key factor is however the same, anti-fatigue mats will improve comfort and reduce stress on the body caused by standing in the workplace.
Mats for Standing Desks
There are many benefits of standing desks such as improving posture and productivity, and in combination with a rubber floor mat, the feet, legs and back will be protected from the fatigue of standing still for hours on end. A multi-purpose anti-fatigue mat would be one such product suitable for standing desks.
Anti-Fatigue Mats with Safety Borders
We supply anti-fatigue mats with bevelled edges to prevent trips, and optional yellow borders to make the mat visible in busy work environments such as in factories or on assembly lines.
Anti Slip Mats
Durable welding mats with an anti-slip rubber top surface have multiple benefits including being suitable for welding and hot environments. Aside from being anti-fatigue mats, they are fire tested too.
If you have any questions about workplace matting and finding an anti-fatigue mat that is going to be effective in your workplace, why not speak to our team of experts. With over 30 years’ experience in supplying large organisations with commercial matting, we will be happy to advise on how best to proceed.