There are many reasons to use anti-fatigue mats in your workplace. They reduce the fatigue effects from standing in one place for too long whilst reducing the slip risks, they can capture swarf from machines and prevent dirt from entering a clean area. The benefits are undeniable, but are anti-fatigue mats required by law?
If logic is what ensures that employees have adequate chairs to sit on then it should also be enough to convince employers to provide anti-fatigue mats.
Currently, in England and Wales, there is no legal obligation for employers to provide anti-fatigue mats to their employees. It’s also worth remembering, however, that there is also no law preventing employers from supplying workers with upturned cardboard boxes instead of chairs! It’s not difficult to imagine what effect this action would have on staff morale.
So, unless you happen to be reading this whilst sat on a cardboard box, we’re sure that you’ll agree that the benefits are a good enough reason for employers to provide anti-fatigue mats even if they are not required by law to do so.
With the growing emphasis on occupational health and safety, we can expect that a law will come into place in the future.