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Department of Arts and Museums newsletter


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issue 20

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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND MUSEUMS NEWSLETTER 5 Work Health & Safety Manual Handling at the Northern Territory Archives Centre It is surprising how much manual handling is included in the activities of staff at the NTAS. We move boxes of all shapes and sizes and weights, climb ladders, move furniture and equipment, push trolleys, open and access compactus units, and walk significant amounts of distance in and around our building as part of our everyday work. On Friday, 27 November, staff of the Northern Territory Archives Centre attended Manual Handling training provided by Konekt Darwin, who provide workplace health services, consultancy and systems. Staff were presented with a short PowerPoint covering the general principles of manual handling, given an oversight of the effects of manual handling on the human body, and as a group discussed the best ways of undertaking manual handling to ensure that the impact on the body is not detrimental. Staff were introduced to some simple and easy exercises to warm up before undertaking manual handling, visiting various locations around the building where they were provided with suggestions around using equipment such as ladders, steps, and trolleys effectively and safely. Staff found the training session particularly interesting as it was tailored to our workplace, and will ensure this valuable advice will be considered as we go about our work. Some key issues to consider when undertaking any manual handling include: stretches and warm up before undertaking a task; consideration of an individuals own capability; being equipped for a task before you undertake it; removing obstacles that may become hazards while you undertake the task; ensure your posture and positioning is correct, and taking your time, and seeking assistance where required. Exercise Ball vs. Chair Sitting on a ball versus a traditional chair can increase core strength, since the abdominal muscles must be constantly engaged to avoid falling off the ball. Improving core strength will improve your posture, balance, and stability. There is also a rumour of increased calorie burn as a benefit of maintaining your balance throughout the day. Other benefits include: It forces proper spine alignment, because an exercise ball is not stable, your body needs to try to balance itself on it. It causes you to frequently change positions to balance. Fitness is at your fingertips. Another great thing about using this alternative to a chair is that you can do stretches or mini-workouts whenever you want, without getting up. Improves your balance. Improves your circulation. Using an exercise ball will keep the blood flowing to all parts of your body, throughout the day. Youll feel more energetic. Burn up to 350 calories per day with more movement during the day = more calories burnt. Bouncing around on an exercise ball all day! Remember, you do have to sit on the ball correctly, as slouching forward can cause incorrect spinal alignment. Louise Paynter retrieving records from the Repository at the NTAC Nicole modelling the exercise ball

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