We can provide manual handling wearable technology and supporting awareness programmes through our Specialist Partner BACK-TRACK. These solutions are available to Aviva customers at preferential rates.
The primary risk to an employee’s long-term back health is the imperceptible, cumulative wear-and-tear process, exacerbated by poor lifting and handling practices. By raising awareness of susceptibility and identifying the occupational risk factors, employees and employers can bring about changes that will reduce the incidence of back injuries.
BACK-TRACK modifies behaviours, raises awareness and reduces injuries whilst keeping it simple for the employee and the employer.
The BACK-TRACK wearable device (worn on a belt) and the supporting awareness programmes slow the wear and tear process on the back, and can reduce absence and injuries for those whose tasks involve repetitive lifting and handling.
The three programmes include:
- An enhanced manual handling induction training of new employees
- Encouraging better lifting techniques by those with regular exposure to manual handling risk
- Aiding rehabilitation/return to work for those experiencing back pain
- The use of the Back-Track devices enables a sustainable shift in behaviours and attitudes towards back injuries and ongoing improvement in Health and Safety culture
- The system is simple to use and can be deployed with minimal training across multiple locations
- Clients typically see reductions in related absence and injuries in the first year
Looking after your back.
Backs are complicated, they're made up of interlocking bones called vertebrae. Ligaments hold the vertebrae in place, and discs, which are filled with a jelly like material, enable flexibility and movement. Your spinal cord threads through the vertebrae and is surrounded by many sensitive nerves. This structure is encased by a strong core of muscles that provide the strength to control movement.
Back pain is a major issue for millions of people and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits and absence from work. Back pain is caused when a part of your back, such as a disc or muscle, is damaged. Thankfully most back pain will go away by itself. However, the more serious issue is long term back pain.
The Back-Track system is designed to help. It consists of a small device worn on your waist band as well as a mobile app. It won't fix back pain, but it will alert you when it thinks you could be at risk of causing yourself injury or pain in the future. The Back-Track program will demonstrate the key principles of good handling techniques. And using the Back-Track device will remind you to use them.
The most important part of the Back-Track program however is to help you understand why it's so important to handle things as safely as you can, and to remind you to do this as often as you can.
This graph shows back health at the beginning of our work life, and what happens to it as we get older. Our backs age slowly over time. This is completely normal and happens to everyone. It's caused by the wear and tear of everyday life.
But for jobs that involve repetitive lifting and handling, this wear and tear can happen more quickly. Unfortunately, there are some people that pay no attention to the manual handling techniques they are taught, and for this group of people the wear and tear process is likely to happen much more quickly, and their risk of injury at some point in the future is much greater.
Remember there's no PPE for backs, that's why it's so important to be thinking about how we're using our backs, so we can reduce our risk of long-term back pain.
Back-Track has been designed to help you remember to use good lifting and handling techniques. It'll detect the common risk factors;
When stooping forwards to a low level.
Twisting while stooping forwards.
And if you're a driver, jumping from your truck.
As a Specialist Partner of Aviva, Back-Track are able to offer back pain solutions to Aviva customers at preferential rates. To find out more, visit our website, email or call to speak to our customer support team.