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Title: NSCC Back Care and Safe Lifting Program


1
NSCC Back Care andSafe Lifting Program
  • Avoiding a Painful Back

2
The Five Leading Back Injury Factors
  • Poor Posture
  • Poor Physical Condition
  • Improper Body Mechanics
  • Incorrect Lifting
  • Jobs That Require High Energy

3
The spines basic functions
  • Providing Support
  • Protecting the Spinal Cord
  • Providing Flexibility to Allow Bending and
    Rotating

4

Safe Lifting
Lever effect -- can magnify weight by factor of
up to 10
100 lbs.
10 lbs.
Maximum Safe Lifting Weight 51lbs - 2 hours per
day - variable conditions National Safety Council
5
Standing Posture
  • Keep Your Spinal Column Aligned in Its Natural
    Curves
  • Prop One Foot up on a Stool to Reduce Stress in
    Your Lower Back - rotate often

6
Sitting Posture
  • Sit back in your chair for support with shoulders
    relaxed
  • Keep head balanced over shoulders
  • Keep wrists straight and forearms at a slight
    incline
  • Thighs parallel to floor with knees slightly
    higher - feet firmly on floor or foot rest

7
Stretch often and shift positions
  • Change (Shift) Your Posture Often
  • Stretch Frequently Throughout the Day
  • Keep Your Body Flexible (Not Rigid or Fixed)
  • Dont Force Your Body to Conform to Its Workspace

8
Lift with common sense!
  • Assess the situation
  • Is the load big, bulky, heavy?
  • Do you need help?
  • Remember- no single technique will work in all
    circumstances

9
The safe lifting zone
  • The Safe Lifting Zone Is Between the Knees and
    Shoulders
  • Below Knee Level? Bend With Your Knees and Lift
    With Your Legs
  • Above Your Shoulders? Use a Stool, Ladder or
    better still - use a platform

10
Push - Dont Pull!
  • Pushing cart or load you will have more control
    and leverage
  • Use both hands to control hand truck or cart
  • If you must pull load, lean over it instead of
    leaning or arching backwards
  • Can You Slide It Instead of Lifting It?

11
Do you need equipment to help move the load?Must
you twist or stretch to get at it?
  • Use Proper Equipment
  • - Hand Trucks
  • - Forklifts
  • - Dollies
  • Readjust the Load or Your Position Before You
    Lift - Get Help!

12
Preparing to lift or move
  • Have You Stretched Your Muscles or Warmed up
    Before Lifting?
  • Are You Wearing Slip Resistant Shoes?
  • Have You Cleared a Pathway Before You Move the
    Item?

13
When you lift.
  • Do
  • Plant Your Feet Firmly- Get a Stable Base
  • Bend at Your Knees- Not Your Waist
  • Tighten Your Abdominal Muscles to Support Your
    Spine
  • Get a Good Grip- Use Both Hands

14
When you lift.
  • Do
  • Keep the load close to your body
  • Use your leg, abdominal and buttock muscles as
    you lift
  • Keep your back and head upright, keep it in its
    natural posture
  • Lift steadily and smoothly without jerking -
    breathe!

15
When you lift.
  • Do Not
  • Lift From the Floor
  • Twist and Lift
  • Lift With One Hand (Unbalanced)
  • Lift Loads Across Obstacles

16
When you lift.
  • Do Not
  • Lift While Reaching or Stretching
  • Lift From an Uncomfortable Posture
  • Dont Fight to Recover a Dropped Object
  • Dont hold your breath while lifting

17
Carrying the load
  • Hold the load close so you can see over it.
  • Keep the load balanced.
  • Avoid twisting the body
  • Watch out for pinch points -- doorways, etc.
  • Face the way you will be moving.

18
Exercise for low back pain
  • Keeps Body Flexible
  • Helps Prevent Injury
  • Do Not Overdo-- Follow Doctors Instruction
    Carefully

19
Remember!
  • Your Work Day Is One Third of Your Total Day
  • Plan Your Tasks Carefully to Avoid a Painful Back
  • Managing Your Back Is Your Responsibility
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