Millions of workers spend the majority of the working day on their feet and many hours in static positions. Standing uses 20% more energy than sitting and because human bodies are not designed to stand at work, prolonged standing can lead to tiredness, loss of concentration and increased health risks.
Blood is circulated through cyclic muscle contractions. When the muscles are keeping the person standing through one long muscle contraction they are put under strain and cannot pump the blood back to the heart efficiently.
The first symptoms of prolonged standing are commonly tiredness, discomfort and fatigue to the legs. The feet are then most likely to become affected: the foot is made up of bones, joints, nerves, tendons, muscles and connective tissue. If these body tissues are stressed through prolonged standing they can become swollen which in turn can lead to chronic inflammation causing scar tissue to form and changes in the bone structure to occur.
Prolonged standing is also linked to an increased risk of varicose veins, heart problems, stroke and problems in pregnancy.
Missed deadlines, impaired performance levels, increased risk of employee-related accidents, employee absences due to sick leave, increased over-time, the need to employ temporary staff, downturn in productivity, downturn in profits.
Providing sufficient seating and rest breaks, which allow people to move around, is best practice but when workers must inevitably stand at their job, installing high performance, specially designed anti-fatigue matting can help reduce fatigue and minimize health risks whilst making standing at work more comfortable and also more productive.
Concrete is generally the worst surface to stand on. They also report that anti slip mats, and other regular mats, should not be mistaken for anti-fatigue mats. They should however still be designed for slippery environments, should not slide on the floor and have sloped edges so that they are not a trip hazard.
Prolonged working at a bench is usually a static, laborious job, which is tiring, especially if the floor is hard. Spillages of grease, liquids, oil and water can also make the floor itself slippery and potentially hazardous. A high performance matting system that combines anti-fatigue and slip resistant properties, with the appropriate degree of underfoot cushioning, will provide a comfortable and safe surface which will reduce standing fatigue and boost productivity.
Workers at production lines must either stand or walk up and down the lines which are both tiring and put considerable strain on the lower limbs and back. Installing a safe, anti-fatigue matting solution will help to reduce standing fatigue and relieve back and body strain. In refrigerated areas matting can also provide insulation to protect from the discomfort and fatiguing effects of cold floors.
For the health and safety and production reasons, it is essential that machine and control equipment operatives remain alert at all times even though their job necessitates them to stand for lengthy periods. Anti-fatigue matting can reduce standing fatigue so these workers are less tired and capable of concentrating for longer, which in turn improves productivity. In addition, anti-fatigue matting, which repels sparks and hot metal shards, is recommended wherever tools generate heat and sparks.
Employees in many industries are required to stand at reception desks and service counters for protracted periods without sitting. Anti-fatigue matting can greatly enhance working conditions and improve the comfort, well being and performance of service staff who must also interact with customers.
Vynagrip anti-fatigue matting is designed to reduce leg strain and the effect on muscles that can be experienced after only one hour of standing on concrete. During an eight-hour working period, this can have an enormously beneficial impact on the wellbeing, morale and productivity of the workforce. Cushioning and thermal properties also make Vynagrip warmer and more comfortable to stand on for sustained periods.
Here are some of the workers who may be at risk
Assembly and Production Line Workers
Quality Control Inspectors
Shop Workers and Sales Staff
Hospitality and Bar Staff
Hairdressers and Barbers