Ergonomic design

Four important design criteria

Ergonomics is not only about physical well-being but also about the prevention of different kinds of injuries. This means that already in the design process goals must be set and demands on function, safety and economy must be made.


To reach these goals, we focus on four main areas:

  • Anti-fatigue
  • Slip protection
  • Fall protection
  • Insulation

All in all, good ergonomic design leads to increased productivity, more satisfied personnel, less work injuries and hence lower costs related to fatigue and medical leave.


Anti-fatigue mats are engineered to to make the body naturally and imperceptibly sway, which encourages subtle movement by calf and leg muscles. This promotes blood flow and keeps it from stagnating in the veins, which causes workers to feel fatigued. A prerequisite for this is that the mats are neither too hard nor too soft.


Standing on hard surfaces for long periods can cause muscles to constrict, which reduces the blood flow and makes muscles and joints hurt. In addition, long-term standing causes pronation, or excessive flattening of the foot. While this can be simply tiring and a bit painful, it can also lead to plantar fasciitis and other serious foot conditions. Lower back pain is also highest in workers who stand four hours or more per day.

Slip protection

One out of every six workplace injuries is related to slip or fall accidents. These are often serious and translate into 35% of all days lost for time off for medical recovery. Slip protection is about how both the surface and the bottom of mat is designed. The top surface shall use materials, patterns and textures preventing feet from slipping on the mat, while the bottom underneath shall be designed to facilitate drainage of liquids as well as reducing the risk of mat gliding.

Fall protection and noise reduction

A lot of damage is caused by falling objects. A good mat shall be made of specific compounds that neutralize the shock of those falling materials, thereby reducing the risk of breakage and noise, while protecting floors.


Factory floors, particularly in the food processing industry, are often cold and wet. Floor mats elevate standing workers from cold floors. This helps keeping their feet significantly warmer thereby improving the overall perception of well-being.
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