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Back Supports

It only takes a small accident or twist, and the human back can be damaged for a long time. Back injuries often linger and can lead to long absences from work. If you are asking a member of staff to do something that could put their back health at risk, then it is essential to have the right PPE in place. Why not consider adding back supports to the safety equipment that you give to staff? They come in a range of sizes and styles, so there is sure to be one that suits the task. To find out more check out our handy guide.

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Guide To Back Support Products

It is estimated that around 60% of occupational illnesses are related to injury to the musculoskeletal system, and employers are having to cope with lost working hours every day because of staff back injuries, particularly those sustained in the workplace. It costs millions of pounds to industry each year, and for this reason, it is vital to consider the type of PPE available.

The Ergodyne back support belts are designed to be used for long periods of time and are created from a foam coated in strong nylon. There is a pad designed to give support to the lumbar region. The hook and loop fastening makes it easy to put in place, and there is no need to get a helping hand just to put it on. A mesh version of the belt is available, and this comes with breathable mesh, which is ideal for working in warmer environments.

The high-performance back support belt has been designed to stay in place the whole time it is worn, giving better comfort. It features adjustable suspenders to make it more comfortable and has been created from black spandex. The ergonomic design gives the musculoskeletal system more support, helping to prevent injury when working and lifting.

The Proflex product is designed for all workers and also features suspenders that are detachable and adjustable. It is easy to care for – all you have to do is put it in the washing machine. This product will protect and support the back through some of the most difficult tasks.

The Proflex is part of a larger range of products that include wrist support and knee protection, but when you add in products such as a foot rest and wrist support for using keyboards, every aspect of the working day can be taken care of.

Once a person has injured their back, recovery can be long and slow. Some people will always suffer from back problems if they have injured their back in the past. This means that they may be limited in the future as to the type of job that they can get. Some people may not be able to return to work at all if the injury is serious. For the employer, this can cause problems with insurance, as if any injury is deemed to be the responsibility of the company, it will have to pay compensation.

This is why any and all safety measures possible should be applied. All manual handling, working at height or maintenance work should have a risk assessment carried out first, and this should indicate if additional PPE will be needed to support back health. If it does, then this type of PPE should be given to workers as standard.