Although proper lifting techniques are important in back safety, simply using proper technique will not reduce the risk for injury. Rather, the proper ergonomic control should be implemented to minimize or eliminate the lift. The use of carts, dollies/hand trucks, vacuum lifts, conveyors, and scissors lifts, which reduce or eliminate the lift and impact on employees will truly reduce the injury risk. These controls and equipment should be implemented whenever feasible. Unfortunately, not all lifting can be eliminated. When lifting cannot be reduced or eliminated, proper training and lifting techniques, along with other administrative controls, should be implemented.
Click the appropriate links below for additional information.
Back Safety Resources
Basics of the Spine
Classroom Training – Request Job Task Specific Back Safety/Ergonomics Training
Online Training (Basics of Back Safety)
Ergonomic Design Guidelines
Manual Materials Handling
Proper Lifting Techniques & Best Practices
Stretching and Injury Prevention
Schedule an Industrial Ergonomic Evaluation
(Evaluation of lifting, manual materials handling, etc.)
Contact CSU’s Ergonomics Coordinator
970.491.2724 – 141 General Services Building