Back Safety

Aching Back

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the US. It affects 80% of all Americans at some time in their lives.  While pain or discomfort may be felt anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is the low back which supports most of your body's weight.

Back pain is often times not the result of a single event.  It is generally the result of multiple stressors on the body from improperly standing, sitting or lifting for a long time.  Then suddenly, one simple movement such as bending to pick up the paper in the morning can cause pain.

Keeping your back healthy is important to enjoy every aspect of your life.  We all do some lifting whether it is part of our jobs or not. Protecting your back, when you do so is important to preserve your back health. 

Online Ergonomics & Back Safety Training:

An online Back Safety Training is posted on UC Learning Center.   We strongly recommend all UCSF Faculty and Staff to complete the Back Safety Training.

Safe Lifting Technique:

  1. Assess the load
  2. Plan your lift
  3. Face the load
  4. Stagger your stance
  5. Bend your knees and hips
  6. Tighten your abdominal muscles
  7. Keep your back straight
  8. Head up
  9. Lift with your leg muscles as you stand up
  10. Keep the load close to you
  11. Take your time