Companies in the healthcare and related industries strive to improve health and safety at work, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. Anti-Fatigue Matting can help these goals be achieved.

Companies in the healthcare and related industries strive to improve health and safety at work, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. Anti-Fatigue Matting can help these goals be achieved.

Everyone who stands at their work for more than two to three hours a day knows how tiring it can be. This is because standing on hard floors causes an immobile standing pattern, leading to poor circulation and stiffness in the joints and muscles.

Wearwell Tile-Top AM 420Noticeable at first in the feet, discomfort and fatigue reaches up through the body during the working day. Within a few hours, there will be tiredness and often pain in the lower back. Prolonged standing over an eight hour shift will in turn lead to pain in the shoulders and neck… and eventually to headaches.

The body relies on circulation to oxygenate cells and refresh muscles. When standing, gravity makes it easy for blood to flow down to the feet, but the return journey depends on the “muscle pump”. This in turn relies on regular muscle movement. Properly designed anti-fatigue matting causes small, imperceptible but continuous muscle movement without any conscious effort by the user. So as well as relieving the hardness of the floor and feeling comfortable to stand on, the matting is actively boosting circulation and reducing fatigue.

Even for people in good health, standing and working on hard floors for eight hours a day is uncomfortable and tiring. Anti-fatigue matting solves this problem and is particularly beneficial for people with health conditions such as varicose veins, plantar fasciitis, arthritis in the hips or knees, or most commonly of all, recurring back pain.

Specialist manufacturer Wearwell has developed anti-fatigue matting specifically for healthcare applications. Autoclavable Mat 580 is easily sterilised and safe to use in operating theatres, radiology rooms, laboratories and any other area where complete hygiene control is necessary. Permanently anti-bacterial, this single workstation mat fits flat into most standard autoclaves.

Tile-Top AM 420 is also permanently anti-microbial, making it suitable for use in laboratories, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturing, research facilities, as well as commercial and retail areas. It is available in a range of colours and standard workstation sizes and can also be supplied in various widths and specified lengths.

For further details, visit www.wearwell-europe.co.uk

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