What Are the Best Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats?
Top 9 Ergonomic Mats for Industrial Work Spaces
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By Paige Cerulli
If you've ever spent hours on your feet, then you know how the effects of long-term standing can cause pain in your feet, ankles, knees and back. In fact, standing for hours can result in pain that is so uncomfortable it distracts you from your work. And when you're standing or walking on a hard floor, the pain only gets worse.
But don't worry, there's a solution for this pain.
All About Anti Fatigue Mats
Anti fatigue mats were created to minimize the pain and maximize the comfort of anyone who needs to spend long hours on their feet. These mats serve as a softer surface that can be placed on top of a hard floor. They cushion your feet and body, and help to keep you comfortable.
But anti fatigue mats do more than just provide cushion - they have a direct effect on your body that can actually keep you healthier. When you stand on a hard surface, your muscles constrict and it's difficult for your heart to pump blood through your lower legs and feet, which are tense. This is what causes pain. Because anti fatigue mats are softer, your lower leg muscles must make small movements continuously to keep you balanced and standing. This action keeps the muscles from tightening up, so your blood continues to flow easily through your legs. This amounts to less fatigue, less pain, and a healthier work experience.
Clearly, anti fatigue mats are a great investment for your business, and they can make a significant difference in employee comfort and performance in an industrial setting. When employees are comfortable, they're better able to focus on their work, are more productive, and may even be at reduced risk of injury and resulting downtime.
Features of Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats
While anti fatigue mats are beneficial in industrial settings, it's important to realize that you can't take any anti fatigue mat and expect it to work in a factory, kitchen or workstation. Industrial workplaces are highly demanding environments, and any flooring product must be able to withstand elements that could damage other flooring.
An industrial standing mat will need to be able to withstand the following elements in many industrial settings:
- Significant traffic and use
- Moisture and use in wet areas
- Grease, cutting fluids, and other potentially damaging elements
- Significant temperature extremes and fluctuations
- Sparks, such as those from a welder
- Heavy weights, such as from forklift traffic
That's a lot to ask of any single type of flooring, but we stock a variety of workstation mats that are specifically made to deal with these demanding environments. As you explore which workstation mats are right for your workplace, consider the following factors:
- Safety features, like visible mat edges and ramped borders
- Perforated surfaces, and suitability for use in wet areas
- Resistance to elements like grease, cutting fluids, and more
We've highlighted some of the best industrial anti fatigue mats available for various industrial environments below.
For Maximized Standing Comfort
When it comes to the best industrial standing mat available, consider the Bubble Flex mat. These workstation mats have an innovative air pocket design to provide exceptional comfort while also guarding against fatigue from standing for long periods of time. Resistant to both oil and grease, these mats have beveled edges for safety. They're wear resistant and feature anti slip traction to maximize worker safety.
Safety Soft Foot mats are another great addition. These ergonomically designed mats feature OSHA yellow borders for increased visibility and safety. They create cushioning and an anti-fatigue surface that also helps to insulate your workspace against cold concrete floors. The mats are equipped with anti-slip traction and are available in both ribbed and pebbled textures.
For Wet Environments
If you want the best industrial ergo mats for wet areas, then you need look no further than the Supreme Sliptech mats. These mats offer superior traction and safety in both wet and dry environments, and make a versatile addition to any industrial setting. This industrial work mat features a rubberized surface that is bonded to ergonomic vinyl closed cell foam. This unique design offers unparalleled comfort, with both compression and dual compression-deflection properties. The wear surface is resistant to most chemicals, and the mat is made right here in the USA.
Ideal for use in wet environments, Safety Matta Perforated Tiles feature a raised base and a perforated surface. This design allows water to flow right through the tiles, and the raised base lets water and air circulate beneath the tile for faster drying. Because these tiles drain water away so quickly, workers are able to stand on the dry surface and are kept up out of the water. The non-slip diamond shield tread design provides maximum traction, and the tile itself offers excellent ergonomic and anti fatigue properties.
These tiles have an interlocking lug system that makes them easy to install, and you can even remove them again in the future if needed. Optional borders are available to create clean, finished edges. The tiles can be trimmed to fit an installation, and are durable additions to your industrial workspace.
Our Ridge Scraper Mats are an excellent choice for areas that are frequently wet. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, this industrial standing mat has a cleated backing to keep it securely in place. Its raised edging helps to keep liquids contained on the mat, which can make your entire workspace safer. The textured surface helps to reduce slips and falls, and the resilient mat contributes to worker comfort.
For Chemical and Grease Resistance
Diamond Foot Solid mats feature a durable surface that resists most common fluids and chemicals, and is also non-flammable for added safety. The surface is made from 100% recycled materials and features a diamond plate texture to help maximize traction. The surface is bonded to 3/8-inch closed-cell foam, which offers comfort while still keeping the mat highly durable. A 3-year warranty against wear and delamination is a testament to this mat's long-lasting lifespan and quality construction.
You'll also want to consider our ArmorStep fatigue mats. These mats won't absorb liquids and are resistant to most common chemicals. The mats are made of two layers of foam: the surface layer is made of extra-tough foam, while the lower layer offers cushion and quickly returns to its original shape after you step off of the mat. This dual layer construction gives the mat a long lifespan - in fact, it outlasts traditional one-layer mats 3 to 1. The mat's surface provides anti-slip traction and is wear resistant. Backed by a 3-year warranty, this is a quality industrial safety mat.
Our Marble Foot Mat also makes a great industrial standing mat. Resistant to common chemicals and solvents, this mat features a marbleized top that helps to hide dirt, yet is easy to clean. The rubber surface is bonded to 3/8 of closed cell foam for a comfortable yet durable mat. Wear resistant and equipped with anti-slip traction, this mat is a great addition to an industrial setting.
Stray sparks from welding can damage traditional flooring, but Weldmaster Mats are designed specifically to repel sparks. The rubber surface not only resists sparks, but is also resistant to common fluids and most chemicals. The wear surface outlasts other wear-surfaces and offers extra tear resistance, ensuring this is a wear-resistant, highly durable mat. Anti-slip traction contributes to employee safety, and the 3/8-inch closed cell foam base provides plenty of comfort.
Ordering Your Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats
As you can see, we have plenty of workstation mats and anti fatigue mats for you to choose from. All of these industrial mats are equipped to withstand heavy traffic, and offer specific features that are valuable in industrial settings, like grease resistance and perforated surfaces to drain away liquids.
Ultimately, choosing the right industrial mat for your use will depend on the features that you need and the environment in your industrial workspace. These mats are available in a range of price points, but whatever mat you choose, it's a wise investment for your business. Anti fatigue mats can help to keep employees more comfortable, can increase their productivity (and your bottom line), and can even improve safety and decrease worker downtime. In short, there's no reason not to invest in the best industrial ergo mats that you can afford.
If you have questions about the industrial anti fatigue mats, can't decide which option is right for you, or would like a quote, please give our customer service team a call. Our customer service representatives would be happy to help you choose the product that's just right for your needs.
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