Free To Be

Back In Control
Workshop Overview

Back pain is the #1 problem facing the workforce in North America today. It is estimated that 80% of the population will experience back pain, and for some, this is a life changing occurrence.

The Back in Control™ workshop trains participants in how to prevent these back injuries by understanding the workplace risk factors and their own body movements.

This experiential program develops problem solving, encourages critical thinking and improves personal responsibility for safety.

Back in Control™ will assist your organization to comply with the Worker’s Compensation Board Ergonomics MSI Requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations.

Back in ControlBest suited for workers whose duties require:

  • moving and transferring people or objects
  • long periods of standing, bending or sitting
  • repetitive tasks

Workshop Length: 4-5 hours

Reference material: Back in Control™ Participant Workbook

Participants will learn:

  • Causes of Musculo-Skeletal Injuries (MSI)
  • The "7 Steps to Effective Body Moves"
  • Identification and assessment of risk factors in workplace
  • Problem solving for injury prevention
  • Exercises to promote back health

Workshop Flexibility:

Back in Control™ is easily tailored to meet participants' specific needs. For example, the session addresses the actual work situations that employees encounter i.e. hospital, business, industry etc.

Contact Free to Be™ to arrange a workshop.

Click here for a printable workshop overview.

Workshops Participants Speak: Read testimonials from this and other workshops.



What is a MSI? (video - 2:47)

What is ergonomics? (video - 2:20)

"Barbara Purdy worked with our organization to train staff who support individuals with disabilities in her Back in Control and the No-Lift Moves and Transfers workshops. She listened to and understood our commitment to ensuring those we support are able to access the community and various activities while also ensuring that our staff's health and safety needs are addressed.

It was a pleasure working with Barb. She was always professional, willing to be flexible to ensure our needs were being met without compromising her program as well as bringing a level of comfort and humour to the workshops."

     Sue Graf
Richmond Society for Community Living, Director of Children's Services and Quality Assurance
Chair, JOH&S Committee


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