ergoCentric’s Anti-Fatigue Mats are specifically designed to reduce the fatigue and discomfort that people typically experience when standing on a hard surface for long periods of time. Ergonomic Anti‑Fatigue Mats provide a cushioned surface that encourages slight leg and calf muscle movements, which is very important in decreasing the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). They also increase blood flow and circulation through the body, reducing the amount of stress and fatigue on the body.
When purchasing an ergonomic Anti-Fatigue Mat, there are characteristics you should be aware of:
- Look for mats that provide a high level of durability against cracking and deteriorating due to cleaning agents. Mats that are completely sealed (i.e. no visible seams) will ensure that no water, cleaning agents or other chemicals are absorbed into the mat.
- Mats should have enough surface grip so that they cannot easily slide along the surface of the floor. Too much grip should also be avoided as people then are forced to have to bend over to make minor adjustments to the position of the mat. ergoCentric’s Anti-Fatigue Mats provide enough grip that they will not slide, while simultaneously being easy to adjust with your feet.
- Mats should have beveled edges in order to avoid being a tripping hazard.
- Finally, mats should be soft and have enough cushioning to provide relief and encourage subtle movements throughout the day, but not so soft that they end up being uncomfortable to stand on.
ergoCentric’s Anti-Fatigue mats feature beveled edges and are available in two different sizes (18” x 24” and 24” x 36”).
There are a number of ways to ensure that employees who need to work long hours in standing positions don’t experience discomfort, beginning with Anti-Fatigue matting; however, an Anti-Fatigue Mat alone may not be enough to completely eliminate discomfort, depending on the person. Pairing an Anti-Fatigue Mat with a footrest is a very simple and effective way to make standing less static, promoting movement throughout the day by allowing you to change positions. In addition, investing in other ergonomic tools such as sit-stands and height-adjustable tables further encourages changes in working posture while simultaneously allowing employees to be as comfortable as possible.