ANTI-FATIGUE MATS AND MSDSJean Poliquin
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are diseases that affect the joints, muscles and tendons.
Standing for prolonged periods causes joint pain, circulation problems, and issues with the muscles involved in standing. It also causes the heart to work overtime.
Lumbar (lower back) pain is the most common type of pain caused by prolonged standing.
In Canada, MSDs account for 25-60% of all insurance claims submitted each year.
MSDs are caused by repetitive movements associated with excessive strain and exaggerated postures. An MSD results from an imbalance between the employee’s capacities and the stresses to which they are exposed.
WHY USE AN ANTI-FATIGUE MAT?
Working in a standing position, on a cold, hard floor, causes discomfort that will be felt in three different ways:
1- The compression exerted by the full weight of the body on the soles of the feet impairs circulation in this area rich in blood vessels, causing heavy legs, stiffness, muscle pain and fatigue.
2- Standing still for long periods places strain on the spine, causing headaches, muscle tension and severe fatigue.
3- Vibrations from the surrounding environment (e.g., from nearby machinery) cause joint pain.
Prox-Secur Solutions offers the MATLAST®, an anti-fatigue mat that combines a rigid material with an elastic component to prevent the effects of MSDs. It also elongates instead of compressing, giving it flexibility and exceptional rebalancing properties.