Standing While Working – Creating An Ergonomic Environment

A vast proportion of employees working in factories, warehouses, workshops and other various environments spend the majority of their day working on their feet. 

Standing on hard floors for a prolonged period of time can lead to a wide range of health problems, including muscular-skeletal disorders as well as: 

  • Painful foot ailments
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Muscular pain 
  • Varicose veins 
  • Circulation problems

As an employer, it’s a vital responsibility to care for the health and wellness of all employees. This includes ensuring that the workplace is as safe and comfortable for employees to work as possible, doing everything to ensure the risk of injury is minimal. 

The team at Equip4work have created this guide to help make standing in the workplace a more comfortable experience for workers on their feet all day, as well as help diminish any risk of unnecessary injury.

Anti-Fatigue Mats

Anti-fatigue mats are an ideal way to reduce the possible risks associated with regular standing.

As we stand still, blood can pull in the feet, causing swelling and other implications that affect circulation. Installing anti-fatigue mats promotes subtle foot movement, making muscles contract and expand for improved circulation.

Anti-fatigue mats for standing also provide relief for standing on cold concrete floors, making the overall work experience more comfortable. Fatigue and discomfort in the workplace can lead to making mistakes that could be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important that all workers are able to work efficiently without the distraction caused by constant aches and pains. 

Equip4work’s collection of anti-fatigue workplace matting is built with the comfort and safety of workers in mind. Available in a range of different styles, it’s important that the right anti-fatigue mat is purchased to suit specific needs and workplaces. For example, workshop matting is designed for use in workshops, warehouses or factory environments where unforgiving hard floors are common.

Anti Fatigue Mats Explained

Height Adjustable Workbenches & Desks

Although standing on hard floors all day can cause injury, sitting down all day isn’t necessarily good either.

Ergonomic chairs can be used to help this problem, however, height-adjustable workbenches and height-adjustable desks for sitting and standing can allow employees that usually work sitting down the option to work standing up, helping to get the blood pumping around the body. 

Pairing anti-fatigue mats with standing desks and benches helps decrease the risk of injuries caused by standing in the workplace, including circulation issues and muscle pain.

Furnishing your workplace with anti-fatigue mats and height-adjustable workbenches/desks is a great way to reduce the risks of a range of different injuries. 

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