It has been scientifically proven that anti-fatigue mats can reduce the physical stress of standing by 50% and can boost worker productivity. Ergonomic studies, the study of human interaction with equipment, systems and products to improve comfort and productivity, have shown that anti-fatigue mats improve the working environment. Here are 4 things to consider when deciding to use anti-fatigue mats for your business:
1. DURATION – Determine the length of time an employee will be standing in the same location. If that amounts to more than 10 minutes at a time or more than an hour over an 8 hour period, investing in anti-fatigue mats is strongly recommended.
2. SURFACE MATERIAL – Studies have proven that floor surfaces such as concrete showed increased feelings of fatigue and discomfort in employees required to stand for long periods of time. Basically the harder the floor is, the more you should consider anti-fatigue mats.
3. MOVEMENT – The more an employee moves around, the less the need for anti-fatigue mats. Again, it goes back to the duration of time an employee stands in one place when considering anti-fatigue mats.
4. PLACEMENT – Anti-fatigue are thicker due to the comfort support padding. Although most have tapered edges to prevent tripping, it is recommended not to use anti-fatigue mats in the main traffic areas. To keep the workplace safe, place anti-fatigue mats near the areas where the employee will be standing for long periods of time.
At Pilgrim Mat Services, we know that anti-fatigue mats help reduce the “wear” on the body. Employees will feel more comfortable while working on their feet for extended periods of time. Happy employees are more efficient and productive, resulting in less sick days and turnover. For the employer, this means less money out of pocket, making anti-fatigue mats an investment you can’t afford not to make.
For more information regarding anti-fatigue mats and mat rental services, contact the mat experts at Pilgrim Mat Services at 800-939-2523.