Back Safety and Lifting Techniques

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.

Back Safety Resources

Animal Handling

Basics of the Spine

Classroom Training – Request Job Task Specific Back

Ergonomics Training (General)

Online Training (Basics of Back Safety)

Ergonomic Design Review

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 Manager