Anti-Fatigue Mats for Your Office, Warehouse, and Mailroom
The WOW DS anti-fatigue mats are an excellent way to boost productivity and increase worker comfort through out the day. Below is an excerpt from an article in the National Safety Council publication Ergonomics on the value of anti-fatigue mats. Please note that the testing was done using a 3/8” thick mat. WOW DS anti-fatigue mats are 1” thick.
There are several studies that prove the efficacy of anti-fatigue mats, with the most no-table one being a format study at the Center of Ergonomics at the University of Michigan. Mark Redfern, an ergonomist, tested the effects of a variety of floor conditions on physical fatigue. Fourteen subjects were required to stand throughout their entire shift at the Ford Chesterfield Trim Plant. Two of the surfaces tested were concrete and a 3/8" rubber anti-fatigue mat. The conclusive result of the study was that hard concrete floors caused the greatest amount of discomfort and fatigue, while anti-fatigue mats were able to reduce it by as much as 50%.
In addition to pain and discomfort, prolonged standing on hard surfaces can also cause long-term problems. Pronation, which is the extensive flattening of the foot, and varicose veins, which are caused by the stagnation of blood in lower areas, are two health problems associated with standing trauma. These problems are very costly in terms of worker compensation and insurance, not to mention the resulting lack of productivity and employee turnover.