The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) joined up with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently to publish an extensive study of the effectiveness of back belts, sometimes called back supports or abdominal belts, and explore the impact of these tools on the workplace. The study concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prove that back belts prevent back injuries, and in fact can lead to an increased rate of injury in some cases.
Proper Lifting Techniques
Fortunately, our trained professionals at WorkSTEPS have extensive knowledge on how to prevent back injuries related to heavy lifting in the workplace. Through training and consultation programs we offer, you can save money on ineffective belts and ensure the safety and well-being of your employees by learning and implementing proper heavy lifting techniques such as:
- Where to orient your body in relation to the load
- Proper stance and posture when lifting and carrying the load
- How to avoid twisting lifts and other dangerous motions
Back injuries can be terribly painful and have severely detrimental effects on your employees and their ability to work. It is always in your best interest to take every measure to prevent on-the-job injuries, especially in jobs where heavy lifting is frequently involved.