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Ergonomic Benefits Of Backpack Vacuums
Gene Woodard learned the hard way about the dangers that can lurk if the right steps are not taken when purchasing backpack vacuums.

Previously, the director of custodial services at the University of Washington, Seattle, typically had the vacuum distributor briefly demonstrate proper fit to his custodial staff. Days later, the custodians would get their vacuums and off they went.


He never gave it much thought, until about a year ago when he saw the findings of an ergonomic survey given to the university’s custodians that showed the staff overwhelmingly rated backpack vacuuming as the task that created the most discomfort, even more than cleaning toilets.

“We quickly found that people had ill fitting harnesses and they did not know how to make the adjustments,” Woodard says.
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