Stress and back pain: we’re all concerned!

Yesterday (18 April), CERN celebrated the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This event was organised by the Safety Unit of the BE Department, the HSE Unit, the Medical Service and the Fire Brigade for the third year running.



The yellow mannequin demonstrates how different positions require different effort to carry the same load: the first by curving the back (which places more strain on the spine), and the other by bending the knees (a good technique to reduce strain).

Information stands on the themes of stress and back pain were set up in each of CERN’s three restaurants and attracted more than 260 people, including CERN’s Director-General.

Stress self-evaluation, anti-stress techniques, tips for avoiding and managing back pain… all aspects of these everyday afflictions were addressed. The participants, most of whom were directly affected by these problems, had their many questions answered at the stands.

The organisers would like to thank all of the volunteers who made this day a success.

Here are the results of the “back pain” competition:
1st prize: Antti Lindqvist (HR), who wins a “Relaxing Massages” SmartBox gift experience.
2nd prize: Benoit Riffaud (EN), who wins a €50 Vitam’Parc voucher.
3rd prize: Emilien Leblond (TE), who wins a €30 Vitam’Parc voucher.

by Anaïs Schaeffer