Back Safety Training Video & DVD by Atlantic Training

Back Safety Training DVD and Video Program
  • SKU: CS043-DVD
  • Copyright: 2005
  • Runtime: 21 mins.
  • Producer: Atlantic Training
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  • Printable From DVD: Scheduling Form, Attendance Form, Employee Quiz, Training Certificate, Log, Wallet Cards
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Atlantic Training’s “Back Safety” DVD training program trains employees  on minimizing strain and stress to their back with proper ergonomic approaches to lifting, sitting, driving, and other day-to-day work activities.

Program Points:

  • Basic anatomy of the back.
  • The parts of the back that are most susceptible to injury.
  • Common sources of back pain and how to prevent them.
  • What constitutes “chronic” back pain.
  • The most common types of spinal injury and how to prevent them.
  • The most common chronic diseases that affect the spine.
  • How arthritis affects the back and how it forms.
  • The ergonomics of back safety, including office posture and lifting ergonomics.
  • The key to achieving good sitting posture.
  • How to safely lift heavy objects.
  • Proper lifting techniques for lifting objects located “below the belt” and “above the belt.”
  • Proper ergonomic posture for driving a vehicle.
  • Aerobic exercises that can help keep your back healthy.
  • Proper sleeping posture. How to respond to a back injury.
  • (2) Training DVDs - (1) in English and (1) in Spanish Closed Captioned DVD with digital trainer tools for each.
  • (1) Trainer Tools - A comprehensive leader's guide, reproducible scheduling & attendance form, employee quiz, training certificate and training log.

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Video Highlights

Video Highlights

  • Understanding how back injuries can occur - even in jobs with low levels of physical labor.

    Understanding how back injuries can occur - even in jobs with low levels of physical labor.

  • Understanding the anatomy of the back and how easily it can be damaged.

    Understanding the anatomy of the back and how easily it can be damaged.

  • Understanding the functions of your vertebrae.

    Understanding the functions of your vertebrae.

  • How the lumbar and cervical regions of your back are particularly prone to injury.

    How the lumbar and cervical regions of your back are particularly prone to injury.

  • How a herniated disc can heal over time.

    How a herniated disc can heal over time.

  • Knowing the other types of ailments that can be recognized by the symptom of back pain.

    Knowing the other types of ailments that can be recognized by the symptom of back pain.

  • How the

    How the "aging process" of the back can be accelerated by things that overwork it.

  • How being motionless can be as harmful to your back as overwork and incorrect lifting techniques.

    How being motionless can be as harmful to your back as overwork and incorrect lifting techniques.

  • The importance of moving and stretching to your back.

    The importance of moving and stretching to your back.

  • How to avoid hurting your back by lifting heavy objects.

    How to avoid hurting your back by lifting heavy objects.

  • Knowing what items are the most dangerous to lift.

    Knowing what items are the most dangerous to lift.

  • How to avoid back and neck problems when you are driving.

    How to avoid back and neck problems when you are driving.

  • The advantages of

    The advantages of "low impact" over "high impact" exercising when it comes to your back.

  • How to protect against back problems by sleeping correctly.

    How to protect against back problems by sleeping correctly.

  • How to prepare your back for the day upon getting up after sleep.

    How to prepare your back for the day upon getting up after sleep.

  • What to do if your back pulls a muscle or feels otherwise

    What to do if your back pulls a muscle or feels otherwise "injured".

  • What to do if your back pain is persistent.

    What to do if your back pain is persistent.

  • The importance of maintaining good posture.

    The importance of maintaining good posture.

What's in The Box

What's In The Box

  • (1) Training DVD
  • Printable From DVD: Scheduling Form, Attendance Form, Employee Quiz, Training Certificate, Log, Wallet Cards

Video Transcript

Back Safety

The leg bones connected to the hip bone, the hip bones connected to the backbone, the backbones connected to another backbone, the backbones connected to another backbone. There sure are a lot of bones in the back, no wonder back pain is such a problem.

The back is a complicated arrangement of the bone, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves. In some ways it is amazingly strong, yet it can easily be damaged. And many of us don't take the precautions that are necessary to protect your backs from injury, which is why more than 80% of both on and off the job injuries involve the back or neck. But back problems are not inevitable, you can prevent back injuries if you understand how the back works.

How the Back Works

When we say that someone has a lot of backbone, we mean that they are upstanding and solid, yet our backs are also amazingly flexible. The foundation of your back, the spine is rigid enough to support more than half of your body weight. But it also has enough flexibility for you to bend down and touch your toes. To accomplish these "dual functions" the spine is made up of 33 individual bones known as vertebrae, twenty four of which are movable. The seven "cervical" (neck) vertebrae support your skull and allow you to move your head. The twelve thoracic (middle back) vertebrae hold your rib cage in place and the five vertebrae in the lumbar region of your back enable you to bend at the waist.

These vertebrae are hinged with facet joints that guide their movement and provide stability. They are cushioned from one another by intervertebral discs. These shock absorbers consist of a soft, gelatinous nucleus surrounded by a tough, elastic outer casing. In addition to the three sections of the spine that move, there are nine fused vertebrae. Five of these bones form the sacral region, which attaches to the pelvis. The remaining four vertebrae make up the coccyx, often referred to as the tailbone. In a healthy spine the 33 vertebrae form a natural "S" curve. A hollow passage through the vertebrae, known as the spinal canal, leads from the top cervical vertebrae down thorough the sacral region. This passage protects the millions of delicate nerves that form the spinal cord" from damage. Since the spinal cord is the main "information trunk" to your brain, a back problem that involves even a few of these nerves could cause pain or numbness in other areas of your body. Severe damage to your spinal cord could result in paralysis or even death.

Types of Back Problems

Because the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine are so flexible, these areas are particularly vulnerable to injury. In fact most people will end up hurting the lumbar region of their backs at some point in their lives. The resulting pain can be anything from a persistent dull ache to a sudden, sharp stabbing or stinging sensation. Strained muscles and sprained ligaments are the most common causes of back pain. With proper treatment these injuries usually heal within a few weeks. Back pain like this that lasts less than three months is considered to be an "acute" condition. When back pain persists or frequently reoccurs, it is considered to be "chronic". Chronic back pain may indicate that something is wrong with the spine itself. 

"Ruptured" or "herniated" discs are the most common type of spinal injury. Although sometimes referred to as a "slipped" disk, intervertebral discs don’t really pop out from between the vertebrae. What actually happens is that the outer, elastic part of the disk ruptures, and the gelatinous nucleus protrudes into the spinal canal putting pressure on the spinal cord. This causes severe back pain… and since the spinal cord is directly involved, there is often numbness or pain in other parts of the body as well. 

Most disc ruptures occur to the lower two discs in the lumbar region. This is because they are subjected to more "heavy lifting" than any other discs in the spine. However, herniated discs can also occur in the cervical region. Often, these injures are due to "whiplash." Whiplash is caused by any sudden jolt, such as a car accident, that violently throws the head backwards. Properly treated, herniated discs usually heal by themselves, without the need for surgery. But it can take several years for a disc to fully heal.

Diseases that Affect the Back

Back pain can also be a symptom of one of the many chronic diseases that affect the spine. These include:

  • Spinal Stenosis a condition where the spinal canal narrows and pushes on the spinal cord
  • Osteoporosis which causes loss of bone throughout the skeleton including the spine 
  • And Arthritis which is the most common disease to affect the back

Actually, "arthritis" is a general term for over 100 "rheumatoid disorders," which are characterized by pain and stiffness of the back or joints. Some types of arthritis cause inflammation in the lining of the joints while others result in loss of cartilage, overgrowth of bone or bone spurs. Although arthritis can affect people at any age (even children), it is most common in people who are over 50.

Developing arthritis is just one of the things that can cause the spine to degenerate as we get older. As the body ages muscles also weaken, ligaments become stiffer and the intervertebral discs begin to wear out. This aging process can be speeded up by anything that repeatedly overworks the back including:

  • Being overweight 
  • Having bad posture
  • And lifting incorrectly 

Since a deteriorated back is more susceptible to injury and disease, it is critical to do whatever you can to prevent wear and tear, and keep your back young and healthy. 

Better Posture for a Healthier Back

Sitting or standing still for a long periods of time can be as harmful to your back as lifting heavy objects improperly. Your body is designed to be in motion so it's important to take breaks to move around, stretch and adjust your posture. Having good posture is important because slouching puts unnecessary strain on you back so you should sit up straight, stand tall, keep your arms and legs at right angle to your body as much as possible. 

This neutral position distribute the weight of your head and upper body evenly down your spine, placing the less amount of stress on the vertebrae, discs and muscles of your back. The key to achieving a good sitting posture is to adjust your chair to fit you. Your seat should be high enough so that your forearms are at a 90 degree angle to your upper arms, and are level with your work surface. Your feet should rest flat on the floor, with your thighs at a right angle to your lower legs. Don't dangle your legs, it puts a lot of stress on your lower back. Get a foot rest if your feet don't reach the floor. Remember to sit up straight and maintain your spine's natural "S" curve. 

If you need to support your lower back use a lumbar cushion, small pillow or rolled up towel. Over stretching is something else that could hurt your back so keep tools and materials with your thighs at a right angle to your lower legs within easy reach, about 14 to 18 inches away. When you are standing you need to make sure that you are not hunched over, raise your work surface if necessary. If this is impossible, use a sturdy box or other platform to bring your work up to a comfortable level.

Standing can put a lot of strain on your lower back in particular, so prop one foot up on a short stool to keep the lumbar region of your spine in its natural curve. Remember regardless of whether you are sitting or standing don't let yourself get stuck in one position. Take a break and stretch occasionally.

Proper Lifting Techniques

Many people hurt their backs when they left heavy objects so before you lift, make sure that you loosen up by stretching. Listen to your back if it is stiff or painful, don't pick anything up, wait until your back feels better. Unfortunately there is no safety device currently available that has been proven to prevent back injury. Although some people believe that back belts can be beneficial, many experts feel that they don’t provide any real protection. The only truly safe way to lift something is to lift it properly.

Before you lift an object, estimate its weight. Use a hand truck or dolly if it is too heavy for you to pick up safely. It's important to evaluate a load’s size and shape too. Get someone to help you if it’s too bulky or hard to grasp. How you pick up a load is the most critical factor in safe lifting. If you try to lift from an awkward position you could seriously hurt yourself. The safest lifting position is where you don’t have to bend over or reach up. Rearranging shelves so that heavy and frequently used items are at waist level can be a big help. When removing something from a shelf you should: Slide it towards you, then lift. Avoid reaching with your arms raised above your shoulders. This is extremely stressful to your neck and lower back. If the object is over your head, use a sturdy ladder or mobile stairs to put yourself in the best position possible.

The most dangerous things to pick up are those that are located below the belt. In fact, it's possible to hurt your back simply by bending over. When you bend at the waist, your spine acts like an unbalanced lever with the fulcrum at the lower two lumbar vertebrae. This creates a 10:1 lifting ratio which means that if your upper body weighs 100 pounds, bending at the waist puts approximately 1000 pounds of pressure on your lower back. If you try to pick up a 50 pound object from this position there is now 1500 pounds of pressure bearing down.

It’s easy to see how bending at the waist can cause damage, and why so many people hurt their backs when they lift something incorrectly. Fortunately, proper lifting techniques are not hard to learn. The critical thing is to always keep your back straight. Get close to the object you want to pick up and lower yourself by bending at the knees. Make sure that your shoulder blades are centered above your hips. Then lift the load slowly and steadily with your legs. 

If you need to turn while you are lifting or carrying a load, change direction by moving your feet. Be careful not to twist or bend at the waist. To put a load down, keep your back straight and slowly bend your knees, using the muscles in your legs for control. Remember to always use these lifting techniques. You have to pay attention to how you treat your back both at work and at home.

Back Care is 24/7

Back care is a 24/7 job that lasts all of your life so let's take a look on how to protect your back when you are not at work. Driving home during rush hours can literally be a pain in the neck but maintaining a good sitting posture can keep you from developing back and neck problems. Position your seat so that your hips and knees are flexed and you don't have to stretched out your legs to reach the pedals. If your seat has a lumbar support, adjust it so that it provides a firm base for your lower back. Once you are sitting your seat, position your rear view mirror so that you can see what is going on behind you without straining your neck. While driving, keep both hands on the steering wheel and make sure that you don't slouch or hunched over. Many people are conscious at how their jobs affect their backs but fail to recognize the hazards of working around the house. Chores such as raking leaves, shoveling snow and carrying groceries can be a strain on your back too. And ask any parent, children can sometimes be a pain in the "back" as well. Picking up small children is a leading cause of back injuries. Not only are children heavy, they also move and as they shift their body weight your back takes a beating.

If your back does start to hurt, take a break from whatever it is you are doing but taking it easy does not mean that you should become a couch potato. To have a healthy back you must stay active. Remember, variety is the spice of life and it’s good for your back too so if you are at a desk all day, do something after work that will keep you on your toes. If your job requires a lot of physical labor, you may want to engage in a leisure activity that is less physically stressful. Aerobic exercises that are "low impact," such as walking, swimming and bike riding are some of the best things that you can do to keep your back healthy. 

High impact activities, such as jogging and playing contact sports can often be hazardous to your back. Some sports and hobbies have hidden dangers. For instance, golf and gardening both seem to be low impact enough. But since they require you to bend in awkward positions they can be hazardous to your back if you aren’t careful. The best thing to do is to talk to a doctor or a back care specialist about ways to make your leisure time more back friendly.

Sleeping Properly

Most people spend about a third of their lives sleeping but sleeping incorrectly is another thing that can contribute to back problems. Maintaining a good sleeping posture is just as important as sitting or standing correctly by properly supporting your head, back and legs, you can keep your spine in a neutral position. To start, you need a mattress that provides a good foundation, you can test the mattress by lying on your back and sliding both hands under the lumbar region of your spine, if your hand slide in with minimal resistance the mattress is more likely right for you. If you have to force your hands in, the mattress is too soft, if there is a gap it's probably too hard. 

Waking up with a stiff or sore back can be a sign that your mattress needs replacing but it can also be an indication that you need to change the way you sleep. Sleep on your side or your back with the pillow supporting the natural curvature of your neck. A stiff neck may indicate that your pillow is propping your head up too much. In this case, an ergonomically designed orthopedic pillow can be a big help. If you find that you wake up with pain in your lower back, try sleeping on your side with your knees bent. Position a pillow between your knees to keep your legs in a neutral position. If you prefer sleeping on your back, place a pillow under you legs to support your bent knees. Avoid sleeping on your stomach (this twists your neck and puts a lot of pressure on the cervical region of your spine).

After you have had a good night sleep, it's important to warm up your muscles and set your skeleton in alignment before you begin your day. Start by getting out of bed carefully, moving suddenly can cause you to strain stiff muscles. Walk around a bit or take a hot shower to loosen up. Once you have warmed up, do some stretches to relax your muscles and align your spine. Stretching and low impact exercises can do a great deal to prevent and treat back problems. But be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. 

Treating a Bad Back

With all of the stresses that we expose our backs to, it’s no wonder that so many people experience back pain at some point in their lives. If your back "goes out," or you "pull" something, applying ice packs to the injury may help to reduce swelling. After a few days, switching to a heating pad can relieve stiffness. It is essential to give a sore back plenty of rest, but this doesn’t mean confining yourself to bed. To speed recovery it is important to move around as much as possible. To get you on your feet, there are many over-the-counter medications that can help to alleviate your pain. But just because the pain goes away, it doesn’t mean that your back is completely healed. A partially healed back is susceptible to re-injury, so be sure to ease into your normal routine slowly. If your back problem persists make an appointment with a back care specialist, such as an orthopedist, chiropractor or physical therapist. You may want to get several opinions before deciding which form of treatment is right for you.

To keep from getting your back out of luck, follow these simple rules:

  • Maintain good posture when you are sitting, standing and sleeping
  • Adjust your work environment to accommodate your back
  • Adjust your chair, rearrange shelves to keep things within easy reach
  • Don't pick up objects that are too heavy or bulky, get some help or use a dolly or lift truck
  • When you do lift, bend at the knees and lift with your legs. Never bend at the waist
  • Stretch often and ask your doctor about other exercises that you can do
  • Don't take chronic back pain lightly, it maybe a sign of something serious
  • If your back keeps hurting, see a back care professional

Keep your back healthy by using it properly and avoiding injury. With a little bit of effort, your back will stay on track.


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