Body mapping provides route to
(USDAW Arena, July/August 2001, p.24)
Littlewoods mail order took full advantage of a new health
and safety method that helps to identify specific areas of pain
called body mapping, enables safety reps to identify clusters of
common problems and their causes. It also helps to get workers thinking
about possible solutions to problems.
Pauline Nash said; "I was asked by my manager to attend, but
I didn't have a clue what body mapping was until the course started."
Carol Holt, who had read the union leaflet on body mapping was keen
to expand her understanding and follow the practical guidance available,
said: "I do a lot of heavy lifting in my job, but I didn't
realise that all kinds of different jobs can lead to aches and pains."
Fox said:"The results were very interesting and made us aware
of the health and safety implications of posture and lifting correctly."
Maureen Lees also had no idea what body mapping was all about. "My
job is totally different from the other people who attended,"
she said, "but the common complaints were virtually the same.
me aware of the importance of health and safety in the workplace.
No matter what your job entails, it's always helpful to discuss
these issues with other workers."
Yewdall said: "I've worked for Littlewoods for 14 years. I
found the body mapping day very interesting and informative because
the job has changed over time.
we should have more sessions like this to help reinforce the importance
of health safety."
Body mapping, telling where it hurts is available free from:
188 Wilmslow Road
Tel: 0161-224 2804/249 2400
Fax: 0161-257 2566