An anti-fatigue mat is designed to have compression and a surface finish which encourages the user to move, promoting healthier blood circulation, reducing strain and stress on the body. The subconscious movement forces the foot and calf muscles to expand and contract, which activates the venous pump, pushing blood back up to the heart, against the force of gravity. This protects the musculoskeletal system from damage done by repetitive work and prolonged standing.
Musculoskeletal disorders are: ‘The most common reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, accounting for 41% of all work-related ill-health cases and 34% of all working days lost due to ill health.’
‘Fatigue has also been implicated in 20% of accidents on major roads. It is said to cost the UK £115 – £240 million per year in terms of work accidents alone.’
‘Fatigue results in slower reactions, reduced ability to process information, memory lapses, absent-mindedness, decreased awareness, lack of attention, underestimation of risk, reduced coordination etc. Fatigue can lead to errors and accidents, ill-health and injury, and reduced productivity. It is often a root cause of major accidents e.g. Herald of Free Enterprise, Chernobyl, Texas City, Clapham Junction, Challenger and Exxon Valdez.’
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU WITH ANTI-FATIGUE MATS & MATTING?
Work Well Mats has documented the benefits of Anti-Fatigue Mats & Matting under the ‘Tired and Aching Team’ post which includes increased productivity, reducing arch and heel pain and how to save your energy.
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