Birmingham-based matting specialists, First Mats, have a new addition to their extensive range of workplace matting, which can be used in hygiene-sensitive areas such as hospitals and laboratories.
Anti-fatigue mats provide comfort and support for workers who stand for extended time periods during their working day. Traditionally, these mats are made from rubber or foam, which can be challenging to clean and sterilise. However, a new anti-fatigue mat has been developed specifically for sterile environments such as hospitals, laboratories and professional kitchens. The mat is made from a specially formulated material that can be sterilised with steam, whilst also being soft enough to reduce standing fatigue. As a result, the new mat provides both comfort and hygiene for workers in sterile environments.
The Problem with Most Mats
Anti-Fatigue Mats are common in industrial workplaces, especially near CNC machines, assembly lines and packaging areas. In most cases, the cleanliness requirements of these facilities don’t need to go down to a microbial level, so mats made from rubber or foam are perfectly acceptable. For sterile areas, however, the choice of floor matting is far more limited. PVC is a popular material thanks to its strength, resistance to water, high temperatures and cleaning chemicals. The downside of PVC is its rigidity, meaning it doesn’t offer much in the way of fatigue relief.
Why The New Hygienic Anti-Fatigue Mat is Different
The newly developed Hygienic Anti-Fatigue Mat aims to change all that by combining durable materials with comfort. At the centre of the mat is a revolutionary rubberised gel foam that provides the comfort and stability needed for a mat that supports the user while providing relief from hours of standing on their feet. This is encapsulated in a closed-cell outer layer with built-in antimicrobial properties. This protective outer layer also allows the mat to be cleaned using detergents or a high-temperature steam sterilisation process. The mat is also oil resistant, Fire tested to BS EN 13501-1 and slip tested to DIN 51130
These unique properties make the Hygienic Anti-Fatigue Mat an excellent option for those working in hospitals, kitchens, food production facilities and other sterile environments.
For more information about the Hygienic Anti-Fatigue Mats, visit the First Mats website.