Anti-Fatigue Mats

In a study done at England’s Loughborough University, it was discovered that anti-fatigue mats have tremendous health benefits preventing injuries to feet and legs, preventing joint stiffness, and reducing back pain. When standing on hard services for extended periods, anti-fatigue mats create a cushion from the force of standing that would otherwise lead to discomfort.

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Tips in Using Anti-Fatigue Mats:

1. Use the right size of the anti-fatigue mat when standing on hard concrete surfaces in an industrial setting, or when using a sit-stand desk in office settings.
2. Make frequent minor changes when standing on the rubber surface mat to avoid stiffness and increase circulation.
3. Use ribbed anti-fatigue mats in communal areas to prevent slips, falls, and injuries.
4. Use the proper footwear for the job, such as thick insulating soles and shock-absorbing insoles. However, although this is often possible in industrial settings, in office settings, dress shoes typically don’t have the support that is needed, which is why anti-fatigue mats are so beneficial.
5. If moving from a sitting to standing position, chose an anti-fatigue mat that makes it easy to move it out of the way when it isn’t needed. Some mats have ridges that make it easy to do this.

Helpful OSHA resources on Anti-Fatigue mats