In other words, there are people within your workplace currently experiencing back pain. It can be short-term or become chronic and long-lasting. There can be multiple workplace risk factors that could contribute to low back pain. They include:
Industries with high incidences of workplace low back pain and back injuries are healthcare, transportation, construction, warehousing and landscaping. This is due to high-risk factors associated with jobs in these industries.
Research has noted the connection of psychosocial risk factors with chronic low back pain. Safe Work Australia states that “Job demands that are too high or too low are a psychosocial hazard. This means they can cause psychological and physical harm.” Job demands found to be associated with low back pain include:
According to Safe Work Australia, the average time away from work for low back pain (if left untreated) is 7.6 weeks.
At Work Healthy Australia, the average number of onsite treatments to release for this body region is 2.9. This demonstrates the effectiveness of an early intervention program in reducing LTIs.
The common factors that we see contributing to delays in recovery include:
Lifestyle factors such as being overweight, having low levels of physical activity, having depression and being a smoker have been associated with low back pain. Lifestyle factors can be modified – many workplaces are delivering health promotion initiatives as part of their health and safety and employee engagement strategies.
Listen to our Workplace Health Provider, Max Cohrssen, explain low back pain in workplaces:
In conclusion, workplace health and safety measures that can be implemented to prevent low back pain include:
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