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Back Care for Load Handlers E-Learning Module Back Care for Load Handlers (Mandatory-Load Handlers) This is a printed copy of the Training Tracker e-learning module on Backcare for Load Handlers This course is aimed at all Load handlers. Introduction The purpose of this course is to ensure that all members of staff, who handle inanimate loads as part of their work, are up to date with background information and recognised good practice in back care and load handling. This course will: Answer the questions most frequently asked about back care and load handling. Give a summary of the legal framework and what is required by employers and employees. Provide detailed information about the safer moving and handling of loads. Provide basic information on risk assessment in manual handling. Provide information on how and where to access additional advice and support. Check your understanding of the information given. This course and the information it contains applies to all types of moving and handling, however if your main concern is patient handling please look at the course specialising in this - Back Care and Patient Handling. Background Back pain is an extremely common complaint - an estimated 80% of people in the UK are affected at some time in their lives. It is also one of the main reasons for sickness absence. On any one day about 1% of the working age population are on sickness absence due to a back problem. Nearly 5 million working days were lost through bad backs in 2003/04. On average each person affected took about 20 days off in that period. Continued ........... 1 31/03/2018
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Back Care for Load Handlers E-Learning Module Most back pain is caused by strains and minor injury rather than serious injury and is often called ' simple back pain' . Although the pain often comes suddenly and may be triggered by a particular movement, the causes may have been building for some time. Some of the commonest causes of stress and strain on the spine are: On-going poor posture Slouching in chairs Driving in hunched positions Standing badly Lifting incorrectly Sleeping on sagging mattresses Being unfit, and Generally overdoing it. Posture Good posture encourages your muscles, joints and ligaments to work as nature intended. Remember that many adults with chronic back pain can trace their problem to years of bad posture habits. Avoid slouching and stooping. To encourage good posture, try and think about the way you sit and stand. When standing for long periods of time, consider whether your shoulders are hunched, if so, stretch them back gently. Remember that placing pressure unevenly on one leg throws your spine's curvature, which can make the shoulders and hips uneven.
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  • Spring '15
  • Occupational safety and health, Handlers E-Learning Module, Load Handlers E-Learning, Safer Handling

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