FREMONT, OH — A questionnaire, sponsored by Crown Mats and Matting was recently distributed to approximately 500 building service contractors (BSCs), JanSan distributors and facility managers to test the recipients’ knowledge of antifatigue mats and to help educate them on how the systems work and their benefits
, according to a press release
More than 12 percent of respondents incorrectly thought "almost all mats today have antifatigue qualities," and though certain surfaces are more harmful to stand on than others, slightly more than half believe pain and fatigue can occur on any type of hard surface floor: Wood, stone, tile or cement, the release stated.
Christopher Tricozzi, vice president of sales and marketing for Crown Mats and Matting, said: "One of the key benefits of an antifatigue matting system is the ''give, take and rebound'' effect that helps improve blood flow and circulation through the legs and reduce fatigue. Experts advise that antifatigue matting systems should be a part of a facility’s efforts to keep the work environment safe and healthy for its workers."
Virtually all respondents knew that standing for long periods of time on a hard surface floor can cause pain and fatigue, resulting in reduced worker productivity, increased absenteeism and lower morale, the release noted.
The Health and Safety in Employment Act of 1992 requires employers to take all practicable steps to provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees, including providing antifatigue matting if the situation warrants it
, the release added.
According to the release, nearly 90 percent of respondents reported that they do not believe antifatigue matting is mandatory.