Health care workers: is your spine at risk?
MUSCULOSKELETAL Disorders (MSD) are the most common workplace-caused injuries in Australia and is one of the main occupational hazards among health care workers.
In aged and community care, MSD is responsible for about 80% of injuries and affects and limits your body's movement.
MSD is caused by repetitive lifting or pushing of heavy equipment or objects too far from your body; and continual repetition of tasks, forceful exertions and sustained awkward positions that push your body too far.
Poor work practices and unsafe lifting techniques are major risk factors that contribute to MSD.
Activities that cause MSD may not seem particularly hazardous, even at the time the task is completed.
Studies have shown that even the simple task of daily bed making requires "a detrimental load of unsafe movements and lifting".
Mechanical aids such as the Ezi-make are helping to make workplaces safer, and reducing risks of MSD-causing situations.
The Ezi-make is a bed-making assistance mechanism where it has loops to wrap your arms in when listing the mattress to avoid strain, and makes it six times easier.
Take the first step in minimising risks of MSD by investing an Ezi-make, helping you safely complete one of your most common lifting and moving chores.
To find out more about reducing your risk of MSD, head HERE.