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Anti Fatigue Mats & Matting

Anti Fatigue Mats improve comfort for workers who spend long periods of time standing on their feet. The soft texture of Anti Fatigue Mats encourages small muscle movements, improving blood flow and boosting energy. Choose foam-based mats for light to medium duty areas, or vinyl-topped mats for a more durable matting.

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Anti-Fatigue Mat

When standing still for long periods of time, we begin to feel extremely uncomfortable and physically tired. This is due to increased pressure on joints and blood pooling in the lower limbs.

When using anti fatigue mats, your legs muscles are activated by small movements you make unconsciously to keep you standing upright. This helps to encourage better blood circulation which reduces the effects of fatigue. The softer surfaces created by the mat also increases comfort, leading to better morale and productivity.

In an independent study carried out in 2015, 75% of businesses who used Anti Fatigue matting said they found an overall improvement in staff well-being, along with 44% of respondents who considered the matting to have a positive effect on productivity. 23% of users also confirmed that absenteeism had reduced as a result of using anti fatigue mats.

Our anti fatigue matting has been developed to help fight the effects of fatigue, which results in multiple benefits for the user and for the employees.

How to Choose Your Anti Fatigue Mat

The Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats available in our range each offer their own benefits, ensuring that you can find matting that works in every environment. Below are some of the features to look out for when purchasing your mat. 

Anti Fatigue Mats for Wet Floors

Is the mat to be used in a Wet Area? – i.e. the mat is to be used in an industrial environment involving liquids including Water, Chemicals, Oils, Grease, etc. If so, then be aware that Foam Anti Fatigue Mats or may not be suitable for these types of liquids. Where the mat is to come into contact with oils & grease then we would recommend a rubber mat with a higher Nitrile content to increase its lifespan. 

If your mat will be used in a dry area, with no standing water on the floors, then foam anti fatigue mats will be your best choice. 

Anti Fatigue Mats with Wheeled Traffic

If trolleys and pallet trucks are likely to roll over the mat, we recommend avoiding foam but using solid rubber or vinyl topped mats instead.

Anti Fatigue Matting Material

As a simple rule of thumb, PVC foam and Vinyl anti fatigue mats tend to be at the more lighter usage end of the market and therefore the more punishment that the mat will take will require it to have more and more rubber content.

Many of our mats come with the option of having plain yellow or black and yellow edging in order to further enhance their visibility and health and safety qualities.

anti fatigue mat with yellow border

Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats with a Yellow Safety Border


Why use Anti Fatigue Matting?

Industrial Anti Fatigue Matting is a crucial element of your occupational health and safety obligations, so should always be purchased from a reputable supplier. First Mats offer a wide range of industrial matting and there are many reasons why customers choose us as their matting supplier;

 We stock one of the largest matting ranges in Europe

The team at First Mats takes pride in offering an Anti Fatigue Mat for every situation, with each one of our mats being developed with a specific use in mind.

 Anti Fatigue Mats for Every Budget

but the consistent theme is that they are all of extremely high quality. We only sell Commercial Grade, high quality and long-lasting mats. Please be aware of the large amounts of cheap, low-grade products in the market which are usually ineffective and will fall generally fall apart at an early stage.

 Experienced Professional Staff offering up to the minute advice

Including the latest Health & Safety Legislation, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any information or need to place an order over the phone. If you have a large requirement and would feel more comfortable in your decision if you had a personal on-site visit, then we would be pleased to arrange this free of charge.


Where are Anti Fatigue Mats Used?

Anti Fatigue Matting can be found in any environment where workers are required to spend long periods of time standing in one place. Some areas they are commonly found include;

  • Manufacturing & Warehouses – Either individual mats, made to measure anti fatigue rolls or modular tiles
  • Hotel Receptions – Aesthetically pleasing mats with marble design patterns
  • Bars, Restaurants & other “wet” areas – lookout for the wet symbol on the product page
  • Commercial Kitchen and Food production areas – Please browse our range of Swarf Matting for this application.
  • Classrooms – in a 2018 survey that First Mats Ltd conducted, 69% of teachers stated that they experienced regular or occasional pain from prolonged standing.
  • Hair Salons
  • Electronic Component production facilities (using Anti-Static ESD matting)

Anti-Fatigue mat in an industrial Environment
Anti Fatigue Mats being used in an industrial manufacturing facility.

How to clean Industrial Anti Fatigue Mats

Foam Anti Fatigue Mats

Dry Area Anti fatigue mats should only be wiped over with a damp mop whilst using a very mild liquid soap. Please DO NOT use abrasive cleaners. Please make sure all residue of cleaning chemicals and water is removed prior to re-using the mat.

Rubber Anti Fatigue Mats

Wet Area Mats can be power washed and relatively hot water can be used. Again only use a mild liquid soap and do not use de-greasers or caustic chemicals. Again, please DO NOT use Jif or any other abrasive type cleaner. Please remove all residue from cleaning products before re-using your mat.

 If you require any further information on how to care for your anti fatigue mats then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.

Author Information: The following article has been written by the team at First Mats, combining years of experience with detailed research. This enables us to provide customers like yourself with the best information to help you find the right anti fatigue mats for your needs, as well as how to use them properly and safely.