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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Considerations As You Implement A Pre-Shift Warm-Up Program

by Clifton Davidson

 A pre-shift warm-up program can help keep employees safe. Employees who are properly warmed up before they engage in physical work may be less likely to experience injuries, such as muscle strains or sprains. Once soft tissues become injured, the workers may require an extensive period to recover, leaving the employer with a shortage of help.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you implement a pre-shift warm-up program.

A Pre-Shift Warm-Up Provides Multiple Health Advantages

A pre-shift warm-up offers a number of health benefits, including the following:

  • An increase in the number of nutrients sent to the joints and tissues due to an increase in blood circulation
  • Warmed muscles that stretch more easily and comfortably
  • Greater joint lubrication, increasing range of motion

When the warm-up includes stretching, better tissue alignment, postural improvements, and increased coordination may also result.

The Warm-Up Is Only One Component of an Effective Injury-Prevention Plan

Although the pre-shift warm-up is quite important, for the most effective injury prevention, ergonomic equipment and safety training are also important. Ergonomic equipment helps ensure that the equipment used in the workplace is designed to fit the natural contours of the workers' bodies, minimizing the stress on the joints and muscles. 

Training Is Required

Even if a business's leaders have agreed to implement a pre-shift warm-up, training is needed before the warm-up is initiated. The training helps ensure that the correct techniques are used during the exercises, improving the effectiveness of the sessions and lessening the chance of injury.

During training, trainers should demonstrate the exercises that will be included in the warm-up. Additionally, they should monitor and assist attendees as they perform the warm-up.

The first group of workers to attend the training should include the warm-up leaders. These leaders must understand how to perform the exercises properly since they will lead other employees during the warm-up sessions.

Consistency Is Important

In order for workers to receive the full benefit of pre-shift warm-ups, the sessions must be conducted consistently. With consistency, employees will be accustomed to warming up before beginning their duties, and they will receive the benefits each time they work. However, once a warm-up program becomes inconsistent, employees may minimize its importance and receive little benefit.

Also, consistent warm-ups will help leaders identify ways to improve their sessions. Exercises that seem ineffective can be eliminated or modified to meet the needs of the workers.

To learn more about pre-shift warm-ups, schedule a consultation with a workplace health specialist in your area.