ESD Anti-fatigue mats, when standing for a long period on a hard surface Anti static ESD Anti-fatigue mats reduces fatigue. Both ESD as well as the conductive and dissipative anti-fatigue mats are designed to reduce fatigue and at the same time eliminates static electricity by conducting to ground.
Anti-fatigue mats (ESD), in general, are used to decrease foot and lower limb disorders for staff members who stand in one position for long periods. (ESD) Anti-fatigue mats absorb the shock when walking on hard surfaces and its cushioning effect stimulates and improves the blood flow and consequently reduces foot fatigue, back and neck problems, absence from work, etc.
However, providing an anti fatigue mat may not solve the entire problem. Discomfort, tiredness, and sore feet, legs, knees or hips after long hours of standing are the combined effect of several factors, namely the design of the work, the staff members' footwear, and the flooring material. According to scientific data (Ergonomic Studies Kurt Jørgensen, Jørgen Winkel: "A Summary of Ergonomic Studies of Anti-Fatigue Mats - (Internal Report)", The August Krogh Institute, Department of Physiology, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark), standing for long periods of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing. Regardless of the quality of shoes and quality of the floor covering, standing itself can cause tiredness after an entire working day.
What should be considered first when our employee stands all day at work?
When considering the use of anti-fatigue mats, there are other factors that should be considered at the same time, such as allowing changes in working/standing position, footwear, and flooring.
ESD Working/standing position: The employee must have the opportunity to have some choice about his/her working position and to change position frequently. A ESD-work-area that includes an optional seat (chair, sit/stand stool) and some kind of footrest increases the variety of body positions and encourages frequent changes between them.
ESD Flooring: The type of ESD-flooring used in the ESD-work-area has an equally important influence on comfort, especially on tender feet. Hard, unyielding floors, like concrete, are the least comfortable surface to work on. Walking on a hard floor is similar to the impact of a hammer pounding the heel at every step. Wood, cork, carpeting, or rubber - anything that provides some elasticity - is generally gentler on staff members' feet. More than that, softer floor coverings reduce fatigue and improve safety by reducing slips and falls on slippery floors.
ESD Footwear: There is no doubt, Footwear needs to be chosen properly because it has is an important factor which may reduce the harmful effects of prolonged standing for people who work on their feet. ESD-Shoes should ensure adequate arch and heel support and cushioning while providing comfort to the wearer.
ESD Floor Cleaning: Antistatic Agents: Insufficient attention is too often paid to the maintenance of ESD Protected areas or zones. Professional cleaning companies have little to no ESD knowledge, the reason ESD dissipative and conductive floors are treated with the wrong detergents, covering these floors with an insulating layer rest so no static charge can be diverted to earth.
How to select an (ESD) anti-fatigue mat?
What needs to be considered:
Not all anti-fatigue mats are anti-slip (don’t create trip hazards);
The thickness of the anti-fatigue mat. Softer and thicker may not always be better. Elasticity, yes but prevent a person to fall. Your employee must stand comfortably.
Mats should have sloped edges (sloped edges are less of a trip hazard, and allows carts to roll over them more easily);
Mats may need to be cleaned. In some areas, such as food preparation, being able to adequately clean the mats will be important.
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“ESD-ANTI-FATIGUE MATS MUST ALWAYS BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH GROUNDING CORD !”