FREMONT, OH — A new study at England's Loughborough University confirms that anti-fatigue mats can have a significant, beneficial impact on the health of workers who must stand for long periods of time, according to a press release.
Two professors at the university, George Havenith and Lucy Dorman, conducted the study in a special laboratory created for the test, the release stated.
According to the release, the study involved 14 participants who were instructed to arrive at the laboratory for the tests at the same time each day; participants were asked to stand on a concrete floor (no-mat condition) or on anti-fatigue mats (mat condition) for 90-minute sessions over a five-day period.
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The researchers used a variety of methods to measure any pain, discomfort, tiredness and fatigue that might develop after standing for prolonged periods; these included infrared thermal imaging, body temperature sensors placed on the participants and infrared photographs, the release noted.
"Other studies have gone a step further and found that standing for periods longer than 90 minutes can result in even more serious conditions such as circulatory problems that can, in some cases, be irreversible," said JoAnne Boston, business development manager for Crown Mats and Matting.
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