Anti-Fatigue Matting and Flooring

Anti-fatigue mats are mats designed to reduce fatigue caused by standing for long periods on a hard surface. Fatigue-reducing mats can be made of various materials including rubber, carpeting materials, vinyl, and wood.

The type of flooring used in the workplace has an equally important influence on comfort, especially on tender feet. Hard, unyielding floors, like concrete, are the least comfortable surface to work on. Walking on a hard floor is similar to the impact of a hammer pounding the heel at every step. Wood, cork, carpeting, or rubber - anything that provides some elasticity - is generally gentler on workers' feet. More than that, softer floor coverings reduce fatigue and improve safety by reducing slips and falls on slippery floors.

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When choosing a mat, consider the following:

  • - Know the purpose of the mat. Anti-slip or other mats are not the same as anti-fatigue mats. Choose a mat that matches your needs best.
  • - The thickness of the mat. Softer and thicker may not always be better. Choose a mat that provides some elasticity, but at the same time is not so soft that a person feels they cannot stand comfortably.
  • - Know the environment the mat will be used in.
    • - Mats should not slip, or create a trip hazard.
    • - Mats should have sloped edges (sloped edges are less of a trip hazard, and allows carts to roll over them more easily)
    • - Mats may need to be cleaned. In some areas, such as food preparation, being able to adequately clean the mats will be important.

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