SESSION 1. The Course Introduction
The course introduction clearly explains the aim of the course and why the course is being conducted. It also contains an icebreaker exercise called ‘Let’s Think About it’.
SESSION 2. A Workshop Exercise
During this session the participants are involved in a workshop exercise called ‘A Lifting Experience’. The exercise helps to focus the participants on the subject of lifting and to get them thinking about and discussing the correct lifting techniques.
SESSION 3. The Anatomy of the Back
The purpose of this session is to provide the participants with a good anatomical understanding of the back. This will assist the participants to understand the immediate and potential long term damage that can result to the back when an injury occurs.
SESSION 4. Back Injuries
This session looks at how the back can be injured. It focuses on two main groups of back injuries; muscle and ligament injuries, and disc injuries.
SESSION 5. How to Lift and Carry Safely
This session looks at the ‘ideal’ way to lift an object, the rules to follow when carrying an object and the factors to consider when placing or setting down a load. The course recognises that it is not possible to perform an ‘ideal’ lift in every lifting situation so it also covers a set of lifting principles that you can apply whenever you are confronted with less than perfect lifting conditions.
SESSION 6. A Practical Exercise
This session involves the participants in a series of practical lifting and carrying exercises. It encourages the participants to change their behaviour (if necessary) and make a habit of safe lifting.
SESSION 7. The Course Review and Written Questionnaire
During this final session the participants are involved in a thorough review of the information covered during the training course. The session then concludes with the participants completing a written questionnaire.