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Ergonomics are rapidly becoming a major concern for company safety and productivity. Employees time away from work due to sickness, disability or other health related issues will greatly affect your bottom line.
By identifying ergonomic hazards that can result in an injury or illness, and correcting these hazards, employees can be provided a healthier workplace.
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Anti-fatigue Mats Provide Ergonomic Solution
Ergonomics means fitting the workplace to the worker by modifying or redesigning the job, workstation, tool, or environment. Anti-fatigue matting is just one area that ergonomic designs are being implemented to provide more comfort and less fatigue for standing workers. Ergonomics draws from the fields of engineering, and medical and health sciences to optimize the work environment. By identifying ergonomic hazards that can result in an injury or illness, and correcting these hazards, employees can be provided a healthier workplace. Anti-fatigue matting incorporates a cushioned floor surface the reduces leg fatigue. Mats are available with safety beveled edging to prevent slip and trip hazards.
Some of the factors evaluated in an ergonomic analysis are:
- Repetitiveness of a task
- Posture and movement of the limbs and whole body as a task is performed
- Physical strength required for a task
- Design and use of tools
- Design and layout of the work area or equipment
While the primary goal of ergonomics is to minimize employee exposure to ergonomic hazards that lead to Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) and related injuries and illnesses, the benefits of ergonomics are:
- Improved safety and health in the workplace
- Improved employee morale and job satisfaction
- Improved productivity
- Improved quality of work
- Improved competitiveness in the marketplace
- Reduced probability of accidents and errors
- Reduced absenteeism and employee turnover
- Reduced medical and workers' compensation costs associated with cumulative trauma disorders
Q: What are anti fatigue mats?
A: In many manufacturing and industrial environments, different types of mats are used to increase employee safety. Examples are non-skid mats that prevent people from slipping or presence-sensing mats that keep workers from coming into contact with dangerous machinery. However, there are also special mats, called anti-fatigue mats, which are designed to make workers more comfortable when they must stand on their feet for many consecutive hours. Anti-fatigue mats offer more cushioning not only for comfort but also to improve circulation and absorb shock, helping to reduce muscle tension, aches, and general fatigue.
Standing on a hard surface for long periods of time can create more stress in the workplace and cause poor concentration and serious fatigue. Since fatigue and its related problems are factors in work-related accidents and injuries, anti-fatigue mats may actually make the overall environment safer, as well as improving worker performance, productivity, health, and morale.
Constructed from treated vinyl or rubber, foam, or vinyl sponge, most anti-fatigue mats are less than one inch (less than 25.4 millimeters) thick, and have a non-skid surface. They are usually non-flammable, and most have beveled edges to avoid trips and falls. Anti-fatigue mats can also be specially treated to resist moisture, chemicals, grease, and other elements, and they are available in a variety of sizes. If the exact size needed is unavailable, most anti-fatigue mats can easily be cut down to fit the space.
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Q: Are there other types of anti-fatigue mats for specific industries?
A: Yes. Anti-fatigue mats are available with special features for added protection, depending on the environment in which they will be used. Static-dissipating construction to avoid electric shock, mats that repel sparks for use by welders, and anti-microbial mats for clinics, dental offices, and hospitals are all examples of anti-fatigue mats with industry-specific construction. There are even low-voltage, heated anti-fatigue mats for colder environments.
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Q: Are anti-fatigue mats used in non-industrial environments?
A: Yes, anti-fatigue mats are commonly used in commercial and retail settings. Anti-fatigue mats are functional, but that does not mean they cannot be attractive as well. Many are available in different styles, depending on the surroundings, and they include special designs and colors to make them more aesthetically pleasing. These mats can be used in stores, restaurants, and salons, as well as in industrial or manufacturing environments. Special orders can even include company colors and the company logo. There is something available for nearly every setting.
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