America was built on the hard work of men and women driving commerce forward in shops, warehouses, and factory assembly lines. As industrious as American workers are, they can eventually get tired on their feet. This physical fatigue can often creep into their work, negatively affecting performance and productivity. One of the easiest ways to prevent this from happening is to place rubber comfort mats on your work floors. Rubber-Cal’s line of anti-fatigue mats help keep people alert and comfortable while also providing a good degree of protection to the floors beneath them.
Our ergonomic mats are designed with anti-fatigue comfort in mind. Any manager will agree that their business is only as productive as its workers and that the productivity of their workers lasts only as long as their comfort. Some jobs require being on your feet for extended periods of time, sometimes even standing in the same spot for long consecutive hours. With rubber cushion flooring in place, a person can stand in place on top of comfort mats for longer periods of time. Anti-fatigue mats aid in increasing the productivity of workers by keeping them comfortable.
Workers standing in place for an extended length of time without the use of padded flooring will experience strains and aches. This is especially true when they are standing on bare surfaces. A study was carried out in 1987 at the University of Michigan’s Center of Ergonomics to record the pain levels resulting from standing on different surfaces for long periods of time. The results showed that comfort mats can reduce the aches and pains caused by prolonged standing by up to 50%. Without the use of padded flooring or comfort mats, pressure builds up in the soles and around the ankles, joints and muscles, causing increasing levels of pain. This is a huge distraction for a cashier or assembly line worker because their focus will shift more to their own discomfort, rather than the work at hand. Despite their uses, even taking periodic rest breaks generally does not provide enough relief to last a whole workday. But if they are standing on comfort mats, the distractions and annoyances are greatly reduced.
This is why cushion flooring is so ideal to have in place along an assembly line or behind a cash register. Such businesses will want to invest in the proper padded flooring for their work areas because the payoff in worker productivity will be worth it. Anti-fatigue mats are also commonly deployed in the kitchen, either at home or in restaurants. Chefs are often on their feet at a workstation for long shifts, and this can really take its toll. Having cushion flooring in the kitchen can provide a huge boost and – as with stores and assembly lines – keep the business running smoothly.
Also consider the fact that fatigue can be the cause of costly and unwanted accidents in the workplace. Workplace comfort can help increase workplace safety. For example, if assembly line workers are using rubber comfort mats, their focus will be on their task of assembling products rather than possible physical discomfort. Simple and affordable comfort mats can greatly increase efficiency, reduce breakage, and increase yield in production lines. Comfort and productivity go hand in hand. Since this is something more and more businesses and industries have begun to understand, it is only logical that they have turned to ways to achieve both these goals simultaneously. Ergo: comfort mats.
While the safety of workers is very important, also consider the rubber flooring or ergonomic mats as a protective layer between the hard floors and parts and equipment. Most workplaces use tools, machinery and equipment. With cushion flooring in place expensive parts and tools are protected from exposed floors. With the right kind of padded flooring, your floors will also be protected from most kinds of damage.
It is important to consider, furthermore, that not only do comfort mats protect floors from heavy weights; they also protect heavy weights from the floors. For example, consider an industrial washer or other machine that features extensive amounts of vibration. These machines are fully capable of, in the course of their frequent and powerful movements, damaging themselves by hitting the floor, in addition to the potential damage they can inflict on your flooring. Just one more reason why cushion flooring is something whose usefulness should not be underestimated!
The material that makes up our rubber cushion flooring is the primary reason for this level of protective comfort. Our line of comfort mats is available in solid rubber and foam forms. “Foam” is a cellular product. The cellular construction allows these ergonomic mats to absorb and distribute any weight on top of the mat. Their high level of compressibility makes for an ultra-comfortable surface. Most of our other padded flooring is made of solid construction natural and recycled rubber. Whereas foam is meant to be softer, solid rubber comfort mats make for more durable products, since the product’s construction is much studier. In general, rubber is a great material for use in anti-fatigue mats because rubber offers natural elasticity. Elasticity greatly enhances the level of comfort provided by a rubber mat because it provides more flexible “give” to the feet and weights placed upon it. This flexibility helps to distribute force across a larger surface, dissipating the total weight accumulated in any one area. Different forms of anti-fatigue flooring work in varying ways. Some comfort mats have a higher density, which offers more support than cushioning, but has a very positive impact on the joints. There are also anti-fatigue mats designed to force the feet and legs into regular micro movements, which improves the blood flow to a person’s muscles. This will prevent fatigue from taking hold.
Padded flooring products can come at a very affordable rate, especially if the comfort mats are made of recycled rubber. Recycled rubber is an eco-friendly material that offers even more benefits to consumers. Comfort mats made of recycled rubber are generally made from discarded tire rubber. That means their construction helps to reduce the overall amount of non-biodegradable rubber waste in the environment. This means lower products costs for consumers. What’s more, recycled rubber tires confer upon comfort mats their highly regarded qualities of dependability and resilience, which is why they are such familiar standbys in industries of all kinds and across all borders.
When you are looking to enhance the productivity of your workers, look to reduce their fatigue. Studies have shown that work time missed across America due to common aches and pains has a huge financial impact on businesses, but using anti-fatigue mats can play a major role in reducing pain problems when workers have to stand for long periods. Rubber ergonomic mats are highly desirable in any workplace. Your workers will appreciate the soft comfort these anti-fatigue mats provide to their feet and back areas. Our rubber comfort mats are a durable and cost-effective solution to all your surface cushioning and safety needs.