Manual Handling & Office Ergonomic Courses
Over my 22 years of involvement in the transport and logistics industries, I’ve seen the effects of poor lifting techniques time and again. While many of the people I see have one-off injuries caused by poor lifting techniques and heavy or awkward shifting loads, many others are dealing with chronic injuries where they have been twisting or bending incorrectly for many years.
I’m also starting to see more often patients with injuries associated with poor ergonomics in an office know as musculoskeletal conditions, or MSDs. These mainly affect the nerves, tendons and muscles and can make it very painful for an employee to use his hands, arms and wrists. Repetitive activities can lead to an MSD. Back pain is another problem that can result from sitting in the same position for long periods.
In the past, many companies simply reacted to the occupational health problems of their employees after the fact. Today, many have realised that this putting out fires approach no longer works. More organisations are now taking a proactive approach to health and wellbeing care in the workplace, implementing a variety of onsite training programmes.
The approach makes business sense. The happier and healthier your staff are, the more likely they are to stay with your company, and the less you will have to spend on hiring and training new staff members. Chiropractic care in the workforce boosts morale, encourages productivity and makes the people who work for you feel that their employer is taking an active interest and stake in their health and wellbeing.
Under the Health and Safety Act, employers need to been seen as being proactive and responsible for the safety and wellbeing of their staff when at work.
ACC have also bought in legislation; as an employer you have a legal responsibility to protect your workers from harm, which means addressing factors present in your workplace such as poor ergonomic and safe lifting practices that can lead to discomfort, pain and injury.
My primary role as a mainstream health care professional is to educate and inspire people to take better care of their spinal health by way of offering Manual Handling and Office Ergonomic Courses.