Use A Standing Desk? Save Your Legs With Anti-Fatigue Mats!
If you work in an office, I’m sure you’ve discovered how sitting for long periods can be taxing on your muscles. Many offices are now providing standing desks as an option to try and combat this issue. In fact, research shows that using a standing desk can improve employees’ health, mood and productivity.
However, standing for long periods of time can also be detrimental to one’s health. Leg muscles can become totally static and constricted as they work overtime to keep the person in an upright position. Blood flow is also often reduced which causes pain and discomfort. This is where anti-fatigue mats come in. When a person stands on one of these mats, his/her muscles will subtly contract and expand as they adjust to the flexibility of the mat. This muscle movement increases blood-flow and increases the amount of oxygen reaching the heart. Plus, fatigue is significantly reduced. And let’s not forget the comfortability of anti-fatigue mats! Who wouldn’t feel happier at work when they feel more comfortable and at ease?
To learn more about the many benefits of an anti-fatigue mat, call Swan today!
Swan offers all sorts of mops to meet your business needs
We can provide your business with clean mops so that you can stay ahead of wet floors, and any dirt or mess that enters your workplace. You protect your floors, and save money on cleaning products. Your workplace stays safe from slip and fall accidents that can occfur from wet or greasy floors.
We have wet mops, treated mops and dry mops. Swan changes them out with clean stock, taking the dirt away and leaving your iwth a fresh stock.
Protect your investment of flooring, and maintain a safe place for both workers and customers by mopping away dirt and spills. Contact us today for a free quote.
How can you prevent accidents from slips and falls in your workplace?
Statistics show that 77% of slips and falls happen on the same level from slips and trips. Slips happen when there is too little traction between footwear and walking surface. Common causes are occasional spills, wet or oily surfaces and weather hazards.
Having a mop to clean up wet floors and spills, and placing mats in areas that may be wet from weather or other spills, are cost effective ways to manage these hazards that can occur in your workplace.
Canadian weather offers us many challenges, as much as Canadian are accustom to our seasonal changes, safety is always in season
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has other tips on ways to keep your workplace safe.
Let me count the ways....Seriously though there are many reasons and I will cover a few of them here.
Your business is important to you, and you want to create a positive first impression when customers enter your business, and see a clean dry surface.
A clean, dry floor is a safe floor to walk and stand on. Swan's mats are very absorbent so rain, snow and slush are in the mat, not creating a slip and fall hazard on your floors
The mats protect your floors, capturing dirt, salt and water that will damage the floor.
Rubber backing on the mat keeps it from slipping on the floor. As a business owner you are taking a precaution against accidents, should a slip and fall accident occur on a wet floor without a mat.
You and your employees can focus on serving the customer, and let Swan remove dirty mats and replace them with clean. No mat cleaning needed for you or your employees.
Our sales professionals can come to your business and provide a no obligation, free quote. Every two weeks our customer service represetnatives come to your business to remove the dirty mats and replace them. It's that simple. Contact us today.
You need to focus on your business and your customers, it's what you do best. So let Swan be a partner with you in keeping your place of buisness clean and safe for both your employees and your customers.
Our Hassle-Free, Care-Free Rental Programs provide the latest in floor mat solutions, Purell hand sanitizer, dust and wet mops, we will help your business improve productivity and lower your maintenance costs while enhancing your image by keeping your floors and critical areas clean and safe, on a regular basis.
We can be a partner in your Green Building efforts by providing a rental of floor mats and anti-bacterial dispensers. Keep your customers and staff safe, and maintain a clean, eco-friendly workplace.
We provide pick-up and delivery to your location to remove your soiled mats and mops and replace them with clean ones. No inventory or quality control issues, we do that for you, so that you can focus on your business.
Summer is coming to an end, and it is time to plan for the fall, which can include wet weather, and more dirt entering your place of business. With children returning to school, and vacations over, is your business ready for the additional traffic through your door?
It is important to think about first impressions of your business, and also the safety of both your cusomters and staff. Swan Dust Control will place mats in the high traffic areas, and entrances, so that dirt, dust, and wet weather are captured by the mat. Every two weeks the dirty mats are removed and replaced with clean, so that your business stays clean, and you can focus on what you do best, which is to serve your customers. Contact Swan today for a free quote for mat and mop rental, and Purell.
In the fall people start to spend more time indoors, and with kids back at school, cold and flu germs are spread more easily. Adding a Purell anti bacterial dispenser on a stand or wall mounted, can kill these germs and keep you and those around you healthy.
Why choose an anti-fatigue mat for workers that stand?
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Why choose an anti-fatigue mat?
All the wellness talk today is about “standing desks” and the need to get up and move around if you have a desk job that has you sitting much if the work day. However there are many workers that are on their feet all day to perform their job, so let’s consider the benefits of providing anti-fatigue mats for these workers.
At Cornell University, Ergonomists have long recognized that standing to work is more tiring than sitting to work. Standing requires 20% more energy than sitting and standing puts greater strain on the circulatory system and on the legs and feet.Prolonged standing at work increases the risks of varicose veins and according to scientific data, standing for long periods of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety states many workers will experience discomfort, tiredness, sore feet, legs, knees or hips after long hours of standing. These are the combined effect of several factors, namely the design of the work, the workers' footwear, and the flooring material where they stand. Regardless of the quality of shoes and quality of the floor covering, standing itself can cause tiredness after an entire working day.
There are several factors to consider when determining ways to improve employee productivity and comfort. The type of flooring used in the workplace has an important influence on comfort, especially on tender feet. Hard, unyielding floors, like concrete, are the least comfortable surface to work on. Walking on a hard floor is similar to the impact of a hammer pounding the heel at every step. Wood, cork, carpeting, or rubber - anything that provides some elasticity - is generally gentler on workers' feet. More than that, softer floor coverings reduce fatigue and improve safety by reducing slips and falls on slippery floors.
Anti-fatigue mats can provide a solution however in choosing a mat a number of items need to be considered. First the thickness of the mat; softer and thicker may not always be better. Choose a mat that provides some elasticity, but at the same time is not so soft that a person feels they cannot stand comfortably.
Know the environment the mat will be used in.
Mats should not slip, or create a trip hazard.
Mats should have sloped edges (sloped edges are less of a trip hazard, and allows carts to roll over them more easily)
Mats need to be kept clean. In areas, such as food preparation, maintaining cleanliness will be important.
Mats should be anti-static
Does the work area require a mat with holes that provides drainage for kitchens, locker rooms, food-processing areas, behind bars and in machine shops?
If you are unable to change the flooring and you wish to improve comfort for standing workers, for improved health, safety and productivity at your place business consider putting anti-fatigue mats to work for you.
Managing dirt in your workplace is needed year round
The Spring/Summer is the time to review and renew your preventive maintenance programs. An effective matting program can save thousands of dollars in cleaning costs and potential liability from slip and fall accidents. Good quality mats, placed in the proper locations, serve as an accident prevention system averting injuries before they happen. Additionally, mats can capture, trap, hold and hide dirt and moisture, keeping it from being tracked into the facility. The end result provides a safer, cleaner, and healthier environment for customers and employees while lowering maintenance costs and enhancing the preservation of expensive flooring.
The features and benefits of a year-long floor mat service are as follows:
Reduces slip and fall accidents that could result in injuries and legal issues
Provides a safer and cleaner environment for your customers and employees.
Lowers maintenance costs by preserving expensive flooring.
Improves cleanliness of your facility which equates to enhance customer experiences increasing revenue and profits.
Mats should be a part of your business whether you are welcoming customers or reminding workers about health and safety. Swan Dust Control offers many options beyond your company logo. Just a few examples of other messages that can be displayed on mat;
Quality is the key to success
Attention to detail
These subtle messages appearing in the workplace can reinforce important concepts. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you create your own messages on mats.
From time to time we’ll pass on a variety of news and information about Swan Dust Control, but primarily we want to use our blog to share useful information with our followers. We want to help you prevent accidents in your workplace or business. Our management team has experience with health and safety, and our team has worked in a variety of settings like high tech , aerospace and manufacturing. We want to share some of our health and safety knowledge to help you run a safer workplace for your staff and customers.
Our floor mats can help maintain a clean and dry surface, but there are many other items to consider to ensure slips and falls don’t happen. Have sufficient lighting, keep areas clear of clutter and always close file and storage drawers. The flooring surface needs to be clean and dry and ensure all electrical or other cords that cross floors are covered to avoid a tripping hazard. The Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety offers courses and publications on their website that may be of further assistance when reviewing the needs of your workplace.
Swan replaces wet and dirty mats and mops with clean ones on a regular cycle so you don’t need to think about that. Slips, trips and falls are some of the leading causes for lost time injuries. Take the time to learn how to make your workplace a safer place, and put changes in place before an accident occurs.