Why use Floor Mats?
Anti-Fatigue Mats create a safer and more productive workplace by:
Reducing Slip and Fall injuries.
Reducing glass and material breakage when anything falls on mats.
Reducing back pain and stress when standing for long periods of time.
Increasing productivity by giving comfort.
Preventing injury and fatigue.
Eliminates wear on flooring from repetitive foot traffic.
In some applications, anti-fatigue matting is an affordable choice where vibrations or sound absorption is needed. It is also used regularly in numerous applications under or near heavy duty manufacturing equipment.
Insurance Companies consider floor mats one of the main 3 solutions to Slip & Fall problems.
Matting is a factor in almost all plants where a new safety & productivity plan is implemented. It is considered the quickest and most affordable method to enhance safety and reduce workplace injuries and relieve fatigue and stress.
A National Chain of restaurants claims that using anti-fatigue mats in their back prep area and dishwashing area has reduced glass breakage by 24%
A Regional Supermarket chain started using anti-fatigue mats behind their cashier stations and showed that "time lost due to back pain" for cashiers was reduced by 16%.
A large Mid-West fulfillment business with assembly line operations have found that anti-fatigue matts have "Increased comfort and helped employees feel "fresher".
Foot health problems affect a vast number of workers. Is your
company taking steps to keep worker health on a firm footing?
Dr. William Scholl, designer of the Dr. Scholl's foot product line,
often commented, "When your feet hurt, you hurt all over." An
employee's efficiency level, concentration, willingness to work
and attitude greatly decrease when he is experiencing foot pain.
This can lead to inattention on the part of employees and injuries.
Detecting foot problems and resolving them quickly can also prevent injury to the knees, hips or back caused by "favoring" a painful foot, which is potentially more expensive, more severe and more difficult to relieve. In 1983, the American Podiatric Medical Association reported that 83 percent of the U.S. industrial work force had foot or lower leg problems resulting in discomfort, pain or orthopedic deformities.
Most businesses have replaced the wood floors from 50 years ago with concrete or tile which is damaging to the lower extremities because it provides minimal resistance and no shock absorbency. Many workers will have foot and lower leg pain because of the longer standing requirements on unforgiving surfaces.
Standing all day at a workstation can be especially detrimental to a person's body, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Standing for long periods of time causes a decrease in the blood supply to the lower extremities and therefore increases fatigue and soreness in the muscles.
Prolonged standing creates an accumulation of blood in certain areas of the feet and legs, which leads to irritated and inflamed veins, otherwise known as varicose veins. In addition, the continuous pressure on a person's feet causes bone misalignment and joint degeneration.
Anti-fatigue floor mats are designed to decrease the stress on the feet and legs by providing a cushioning surface for people to stand on over prolonged periods of time, according to CCOHS. These mats are typically made of rubber, carpet or vinyl.