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Factors to consider before installing anti-fatigue mats

April 19, 2013

HAMILTON, OH — Anti-fatigue mats are commonly used in a variety of locations where workers must stand in one place for long periods of time, according to a press release.

Scientific data from the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) proves that prolonged standing is "particularly stressful and fatiguing," the release stated.

According to the release, while the CCOHS recommends the use of anti-fatigue mats, it also suggests the following practices in addition to installing anti-fatigue matting for people who must stand all day at work:

  • Change the work/standing position. Work should be changed so that workers have a choice… [read more]
  • Footwear. "There is no doubt that the choice of footwear is an important consideration," noted CCOHS. Shoes should have adequate… [read more]
  • Flooring. Hard, unyielding floors, such as concrete, are the least comfortable to walk and work on, having… [read more]

"Unfortunately, many industrial facilities have concrete flooring and changing them is either not possible or cost prohibitive. That's why anti-fatigue mats are often the only other option," saidBrett Davis, vice president of sales and marketing for Crown Mats and Matting.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.