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Lifting – Back Safety Training Program

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Slide 1. The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration (WISHA) does not have any specific requirements for back safety training or back injury prevention programs.  However, back injury has important workers’ compensation cost considerations.

Your school district should consider developing a back injury prevention program. This program would describe many of the aspects included in this training session, such as injury prevention techniques, available lifting equipment, proper lifting techniques, and lifting hazards specific to your workplace.

Everything you do both at work and at home impacts your back.  Most back injuries can be prevented if you always think defensively about your back.  This training session will discuss how your back can be injured and what you can do to prevent that injury.

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Slide 3. When people injure their backs, not only does it impact their work, it impacts every facet of their lives.  A back injury can prevent you from doing many of the things you love to do and can even make daily movements near impossible - reaching into your kitchen cupboards, bending over to tie your shoes, sitting or getting into and out of your car or truck. A back injury might cause you pain when attempting to conduct these common tasks.

Outdoor activities and sports may no longer be allowed because of pain or the chance of further injury.  Tossing your children and grandchildren into the air or swinging them around is definitely out of the question.  Wrestling, giving piggy-back rides, or even tossing a ball may be too painful.

Working and feeling productive is important to many people. Your sense of self-worth is affected if you have a back injury that prevents you from contributing.

Slide 4. We will start by discussing how a back injury might occur and what you can do to prevent it. Then we will discuss proper lifting and carrying techniques. Finally, we will have a quiz.

Slide 5. It is very important for your employees—especially the younger ones, because they often feel somewhat invincible —to understand how a back injury can impact the rest of their lives.

Look at some of these statistics.  It is amazing how many people suffer from back pain and how much work is missed due to back injuries. Four out of five people in this classroom will have a back injury that requires medical attention.  Which of you will be the ones that are pain-free?

Why do more back injuries occur at home?  Possibly because the workplace has material handling equipment such as cranes or hand trucks, while most homes don’t have this equipment, so people try to lift more than they should.

Backs are sensitive and once injured usually require a considerable amount of attention to remain pain free.  Even worse than missing work, which means missing money and the feeling of productivity, is living with constant pain.

Slide 6. Before we can discuss injury prevention we need to understand the parts of the back and how they can be injured.

Our backbone is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae that extend from our hip bone to the base of our skull. The vertebrae protect the fragile and vital spinal cord. Between the vertebrae are gel-filled pads called disks.  The disks separate and cushion the vertebrae and also help allow the flexibility of the back.

Your back is also filled with numerous muscles, ligaments, and tendons that not only allow your back to bend, turn, and twist, but also keep your back properly aligned.

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