Around half of UK employees spend most working days on their feet. In other words, more than 11 million people around the country stand for hours on end. Anti- fatigue mats are designed to reduce fatigue caused by standing for long periods on a hard surface such as metal, wood or concrete. Employees who work in industrial operations are typically affected as they are often exposed to long hours of standing on concrete floors— these workers will use far more energy than those who are sitting making them prone to feelings of extreme weariness at work. Anti-fatigue mats are usually manufactured from Rubber or Vinyl and use foam to make a layer of sponge, they often often have a textured anti-slip finish. They work by reducing foot fatigue as they create a cushioning effect which absorbs the shock caused by walking or standing.
Not only will anti-fatigue mats provide a cushion for workers to stand on but also help to keep floors clean and dry thanks to their resistance to water, oil, cleaning fluids and solvents. This matting has great benefits employees’ wellbeing, which in turn can minimise lost production time and also worker compensation costs by preventing injuries and pain caused by prolonged standing.
In a study conducted at England’s Loughborough University, anti- fatigue rubber matting was proven to bring beneficial health benefits – such as reduced stress to the feet and legs. With comfort and safety in mind then benefits are:
- Increased productivity
- Good posture
- Prevention of joint stiffness
- Reduction in headaches
- Reduced lower back pain
- Reduced energy consumption
- Reduced risk of slipping
- Reduced foot pressure