A scientific study commissioned COBA Europe Ltd and conducted by Loughborough University emphatically confirmed that anti-fatigue mats can significantly increase comfort to workers who stand for prolonged periods of time and also help to reduce fatigue.
The study carried out by Professor George Havenith and Lucy Dorman from the Department of Human Sciences used 14 independent participants. Using objective and subjective measures, the study compared thermal comfort and fatigue when standing on floor matting samples to that experienced when standing directly on concrete.
Test methods included infrared thermal imaging, body temperature sensors, calf circumference measurements and cognitive testing. Participants were provided with the same test clothing and conditions, standing on eight different anti-fatigue mats supplied by COBA Europe.
The subjective results showed statistically significant benefits to users of anti-fatigue mats when compared to standing on a concrete floor. After just 90 minutes, both thermal and postural comfort benefits (in particular to the legs and lower back areas) were experienced and levels of fatigue were reduced. Therefore, it could be concluded that the longer the anti-fatigue mats were used, the more beneficial they would be.