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Importance of Anti-Fatigue Mats at Work
There is this saying we came across, "When your feet hurt, you hurt all over." So then imagine those who face this very situation everyday because of their work conditions. Prolonged standing, hard flooring and inappropriate footwear are common working conditions. These cause discomfort, pain and fatigue, and also set up the worker for related injuries that affect muscles and joints. It is also a fact that a worker, who is tired, fatigued and in pain will be less attentive or act carelessly and be the cause of harm to themselves and others around them. Working and standing in one position for long periods of time causes sore feet, swelling of the legs, varicose veins, general muscular fatigue, lower back pain, stiff neck and shoulders. Prolonged and frequent standing, without relief by walking causes muscle strain, blood to pool in the legs and feet. Excessive standing also causes joints in the spine, hips, knees and feet to become temporarily immobilized or locked. This immobility can later lead to rheumatic diseases due to degenerative damage to the tendons and ligaments. These are the most prevalent problems faced by sales people, machine operators, assembly-line workers and others whose jobs require prolonged standing. As an employer, it is in your best interest to ensure that your employees have the best working environment they can get. It is the responsibility of the company to regularly assess their workplace and make sure it is safe for the employees who work there on a daily basis. Here some points you should consider if your business and work-place requires a person to stand all day at work.
- Changes in working/standing position: Organize the workspace such that your employee has some choice about his/her working position. This mean add an optional seat (chair, sit/stand stool) and some kind of footrest to the workstation which will encourage/allow the worker to change body positions frequently.
- Footwear: Encourage your employees to choose the correct footwear. Shoes they wear should have sufficient arch and heel support and cushioning and at the same time be comfortable.
- Flooring: The type of flooring you use in your workplace is also very important for the comfort and safety of your employees. Floors that are hard and unyielding floors, like concrete floors, are very uncomfortable to walk or work on and is said have the same effect as a hammer pounding the heel at every step. Look at investing in floor coverings that will be gentle on your workers feet and provides them with comfort and relieve fatigue.