Cooking It Up With Anti-Fatigue Mats

by Chris Martin on June 28, 2014

Anti-fatigue mats can be advantageous for employees who work in a wide variety of occupations. Checkout clerks, assembly line workers, and security personnel are some of the people who commonly stand on anti-fatigue mats throughout their workday. But another industry that can benefit from the use of anti-fatigue mats is foodservice.

Anti-fatigue mats
Why are chefs notoriously cranky? Maybe they’re fatigued all the time.

These mats aren’t necessarily designed for the servers and bussers. Though they certainly work very hard, they aren’t very susceptible to muscle fatigue in their legs simply because they spend most of their shifts walking around. Therefore, the blood keeps flowing through their bodies, and their leg muscles are constantly receiving oxygen.

Instead, the workers in the kitchen are in regular danger of fatigue because they stand in one place for perhaps hours at a time with little walking around. The types of restaurant positions where anti-fatigue mats would be appropriate include:

  • Cooks or grillers. These individuals stand in one spot turning meat, searing vegetables, and frying eggs. If they get fatigued, they’re liable to slip and try to catch themselves on whatever’s closest to them – like the hot grill surface, for instance.
  • Sous chefs. These people represent the engine of the kitchen; slicing, chopping, and blending ingredients for the main dishes. Fatigue can cause these people to lose focus – perhaps when they’re using a sharp knife.
  • Prep station personnel. Think of these souls as the “final assemblers” of the entrees. While they may not be as susceptible to injury as others in the kitchen, fatigue can cause them to mix up dishes or prepare incorrect orders.
Anti-fatigue mats
See these legs? They’re happy. Because they aren’t fatigued.
  • Pastry chefs. They’re responsible for making the tasty desserts on the menu. Like grillers, these people stand in one spot icing, stirring, and preparing the tasty treats. If they’re put out of commission due to fatigue, try finding a replacement pastry chef on short notice.
  • Pizzamakers. Italian restaurants and pizza places have workers standing near a hot oven as they are putting in, and taking out pizzas nonstop. If they get fatigued and fall against a hot oven, there may be a worker’s compensation claim being filed.
  • Dishwashers. Don’t forget about the folks with the thankless task of making sure everything gets cleaned like it should. On a busy night, you want them operating at peak performance levels, not being slowed by fatigue.

When employees stand for a long time, blood circulation slows and muscles can become rigid. Fatigue can set in. Anti-fatigue mats are designed so that people who stand on them are constantly making what are known as “microadjustments” in their posture. These microadjustments facilitate blood flow through the legs and throughout the body, which brings oxygen-rich blood cells to and from the heart. When workers aren’t dealing with fatigue, their productivity improves, their absenteeism rates decline, and workers’ compensation claims decrease.

Anti-fatigue mats
And employees are more likely to whistle while they work.

Ultimate Mats has a full product line of anti-fatigue mats that can assist any foodservice establishment in helping its employees avoid fatigue. So why not make an investment in your workers’ health today? Check out the selection of anti-fatigue mats at Ultimate Mats web site to see which one suits your eatery’s needs!

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Written by Chris Martin

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