What it contains

There is little evidence to show that wearing a back belt can reduce injuries while working. This document advises workplaces about the risks of workers wearing a back belt. It explains why:

  • scientific evidence doesn’t support using back belts to lift, carry, push or pull weight
  • back belts don’t reduce the strain on muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • back belts do nothing to reduce fatigue or increase a worker’s ability to lift
  • wearing a back belt has a similar effect on abdominal muscles to holding your breath
  • wearing back belts can increase blood pressure and people’s breathing rate
  • back belts don’t reduce the chance of injury or reduce back pain
  • back belts may be useful during recovery from a back injury

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