What to Consider When Buying an Anti-Fatigue Mat

Did you know that one of the major causes of back, leg and foot pain in the workplace is the result of work that requires standing for long periods of time? This results in thousands of dollars in lost production time each year and is due to worker injury or fatigue from standing work, especially on hard surfaces.

Anti-Fatigue mats are ergonomic mats that actually reduce stress and leg fatigue. Anti-fatigue mats come in a large variety of choices, many which are designed for specific industries. Selecting the softest rubber mat is not always the wise choice. There are many other factors to consider when choosing the right anti fatigue rubber mat for your specific workplace environment.

The team Amco have put together some helpful tips to consider when selecting an anti-fatigue mat:

 

Resiliency

Determining the right resiliency of a mat is criticalResiliency of the mat will greatly impact the comfort level for the worker standing on it. 

An overly soft mat will typically not last as long as a quality resilient orthopeadic mat. A good anti-fatigue rubber mat should provide increased circulation and stimulation of leg muscles by encouraging subtle changes in posture to increase blood flow.

A mat that is too hard offers little to no benefit over a hard floor surface that can produce unwanted pressure and discomfort of leg muscles leading to an increase in fatigue and decrease in worker effectiveness.

A quality anti fatigue rubber mat should provide a balance of comfort and responsiveness. The mat should quickly return to its original shape as the workers weight is shifted. You want a mat that will provide the protection of a cushioned surface in the event of a fall while not giving up support and comfort for everyday standing and walking.

 

Safety

Other considerations when choosing the right anti-fatigue mat for your workplace is ensure that the mat is secure on the floor. To avoid slip and trip hazards many anti-fatigue rubber mats offer bevelled edging which provides safe movement on and off the mat. For smaller and lightweight mats, double sided rug tape will help keep the mat securely in place. For wet or slippery work environments an anti-fatigue rubber mat with a textured surface provides additional traction to minimize slip hazards.

 

Cleaning
An area that is often overlooked when selecting a mat is cleaning. Having a carpet cleaning service can be quite costly so check the mats cleaning recommendations. Each industry or business may present specific cleaning requirements, such health care or food service environments will probably not choose a mat that will trap in dirt or harbor bacteria that could lead to unsanitary conditions. There are anti-fatigue mats that are specifically designed for food service or health care environments.
Durability

How long the mat will last is a very legitimate concern when purchasing an anti-fatigue mat.

The materials used and how it is constructed will be a significant factor in measuring the longevity of the mat. The true value of the mat will be determined by its effectiveness and frequency that a mat needs to be replaced. The anti-fatigue mat must fit the conditions and use of the workplace. Abrasion resistance and chemical resistance can be very important factors for certain industrial environments.

That’s why it is important to make an educated decision when purchasing anti-fatigue matting that will fit the surface requirements and ergonomic needs of your workplace. Consider the working conditions, type of use, construction and safety features of the mat to find an effective solution with the best value.

For more industry specific information about our anti-fatigue mats, visit Amco.net.au or call us today on 1800 888 598 to speak with one of our specialist consultants.