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Friday's Ask the Experts: Backpack Vacuums

December 18, 2009
Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page: Does anyone have any studies which reflect employee injury data on the use of upright vacuums versus backpack vacuums?
The answer:
Ergonomically, a properly worn backpack is much safer than maneuvering an upright machine with the wrist. Visit and search their library of articles on the subject of backpack vacuum and safety studies. You may also want to contact major manufacturers of backpack vacuums, as I believe they also have the data you seek.
Lastly, contact an occupational therapist, as the injuries from backpacks often occur from improper wearing of the machine ... — Perry S. Shimanoff, president of MC²
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