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BRENTWOOD BC ENCOURAGES BUSINESSES TO WATCH THEIR BACKS

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The Health and Safety Executive, in partnership with local authorities, is launching a nationwide initiative entitl...
The Health and Safety Executive, in partnership with local authorities, is launching a nationwide initiative entitled Backs! 2005. The initiative aims to raise widespread awareness of sensible precautions to reduce back pain and injury at work. 4.9 million working days are currently lost due to back pain every year.

Environmental health officers from Brentwood BC are to visit a selection of large and medium sized businesses in the borough which have employees who undertake manual handling, such as the food industry, wholesale and distribution services. Visits will take place between 13 June to 8 July.

As well as checking that safety systems and appropriate equipment is available to reduce or assist with manual handling, Officers will be educating employers about their obligations to:

- Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable;

- Assess the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling that can't be avoided, and;

- Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling, so far as reasonable practicable.

For information about Backs! call 0845 345 0055, visit the Health and Safety Executive's website at www.hse.gov.uk or contact Environmental Health and Recreational Open Space on 01277 312504.

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