Safety

Back Pain

One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to keep your back muscles strong. Follow these steps to help protect your back and prevent back pain:

  • Do back-strengthening and stretching exercises at least 2 or 3 times a week and stay active.
  • Stand and sit up straight.
  • Avoid heavy lifting. If you do lift something heavy, bend your knees and keep your back straight. This way, your leg muscles will do most of the work.
  • If you are overweight, lose weight to help lower the strain on your back.

Stay Safe at Work

Staying safe and healthy at work is very important. If you don't work in a safe way, you can get hurt or sick. Back injuries are the most common type of workplace injury. There are things you can do – both at work and at home – to lower your chances of getting hurt or sick. Take these steps to prevent injuries and stay healthy at work:

  • Lift things safely and arrange your equipment to fit your body.
  • Take short breaks, stretch your muscles, and wear protective equipment.
  • Ask about health resources at work.

It's also important to:

  • Get enough sleep and take steps to manage stress.
  • Eat a healthy diet, stay active and watch your weight.