What are anti-fatigue mats?


In many manufacturing and industrial environments, different types of mats are used to increase employee safety. Examples are non-slip mats that prevent people from slipping or occupancy-sensing mats that prevent workers from coming into contact with dangerous machinery. However, there are also special mats called anti-fatigue mats that are designed to make workers more comfortable when they have to stand 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, soreness 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 severe fatigue. As fatigue and its related problems are factors in work-related accidents and injuries, anti-fatigue mats can actually make the overall environment safer, as well as improve worker performance, productivity, health and morale.

Constructed of vinyl or treated rubber, foam or foam vinyl, most anti-fatigue mats are less than an inch (less than 25.4 millimeters) thick and have a non-slip surface. They are generally non-flammable and most have beveled edges to prevent tripping and falling. Anti-fatigue mats can also be specially treated to resist moisture, chemicals, grease and other elements, and are available in a variety of sizes. If the exact size needed is not available, most anti-fatigue mats can be easily cut to fit the space.

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 prevent electrical shock, spark repelling mats for use by welders and antimicrobial mats for clinics, dental offices and hospitals are examples of industry-specific anti-fatigue mats. There are even low-voltage heated anti-fatigue mats for cooler environments.

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Anti-fatigue mats are functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be attractive too. Many are available in different styles depending on the environment, and include special designs and colors to make them more aesthetically pleasing. These rugs can be used in stores, restaurants, and salons, as well as industrial or manufacturing environments. Special orders can even include your company’s colors and logo. There is something available for almost every configuration.

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