Failure to Provide Anti-Fatigue Mat Was an OHS Violation


Supermarket workers who manned the self-scan stations requested an anti-fatigue mat to stand on while working. The supermarket contends that the workers aren’t supposed to stand at the self-scan desk; they’re supposed to be moving around and thus the presence of an anti-fatigue mat would give the impression the position’s stationary. An arbitrator ruled that having an anti-fatigue mat is a reasonable precaution for the protection of the workers’ health and by not providing one, the supermarket was violating its duties under the OHS law [Loblaws Supermarkets Ltd. v. United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1000A, [2011] CanLII 77390 (ON LA), Nov. 28, 2011].