BACK HEALTH AND SAFE LIFTING TECHNIQUES
Know your ABC’s
Reduce the risk of back injury when caring for children with these tips:
- Consult with your child’s therapist about specific instructions related to your child.
- Store heavy items at waist level in an easily accessible area.
- Squat or knee to interact with children instead of bending at the waist.
- Use appropriate postures when seated on the floor. If sitting for long periods, use a wall or piece of furniture to support your back.
- Avoid holding toddlers on one hip.
- Allow child to participate in the lift when possible.
- When lifting from the floor, break activity into steps.
- Plan it out.
- Keep your back in a neutral position during lifting activities.
- Hold load in the centre of your body.
- Use your leg, upper arm and abdominal muscles to lift.
- Take your time and lift smoothly.
- Use lifting equipment if you have it available.
- When possible, slide instead of lifting.
- Twist your back or neck.
- Bend at the waist with legs straight to reach children or objects on the ground.
- Reach and lift (keeping the load away from your body).
- Lift more than 30 lbs by yourself.
- Lift too high.