In Australia, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of work-related injuries and health conditions occur every year. Many of these fall under the category of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It can happen suddenly or develop over time. And they cost the country a lot – billions and billions of dollars in loss of work and medical expenditures.
Fortunately, there is now an array of products designed specifically to help prevent these unwanted conditions happening in the first place. Ergonomic anti-fatigue mats are just some of them.
Providing Optimal Comfort While Boosting Workplace Safety
You’ll find ergonomic mats in various types, including anti-static, non-skid, and anti-fatigue mats. These have specific applications, but they all contribute to optimal comfort and safety in the workplace.
For instance, anti-fatigue mats from Mattek for wet areas, dry environments, or oily stations help boost comfort for workers, allowing them to remain productive and effective. They also minimise the risks of slips, trips, and falls due to floors regularly exposed to moisture or water. Their insulating properties also protect against vibrations and cold temperatures. And most importantly, they significantly reduce the risks of musculoskeletal disorders developing in workers.
Mats for Wet Areas
When choosing ergonomic mats, you have to base your selection on the work environment itself.
For wet work areas, you should use matting together with an efficient drainage system which allows fluids to exit quickly. This combination provides a barrier against slips, trips, and falls, all of which can lead to serious injuries.
You’ll find anti-fatigue mats that provide an impressive amount of support while also boasting of high durability and adherence.
Mats for Dry Environments
For dry environments, the use of PVC foam mats will provide excellent support and protection against muscular fatigue. They also better adhere better than ceramic and cement floors, while also having the advantage of improved insulation.
As a business owner or manager, you should prioritise workplace safety not just for the sake of meeting Australian occupational laws and regulations, but also because you want to keep all your employees safe and secure.