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Latvia – How to prevent musculoskeletal disorders while teleworking

With the increase in working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people now lack proper, ergonomic office equipment. As a result, there is now a high risk of the development of  musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among workers. This is a major problem across Europe, including in Latvia, where more than 80% of diagnosed occupational health problems are related to MSDs.

To raise awareness about the issue of MSDs and to introduce EU-OSHA’s new Healthy Workplaces ‘Lighten the Load’ campaign, the Latvian Focal Point is organising a conference on the topic of digitisation and occupational safety and health (OSH) on 30 October. Speakers include representatives from social partners, national institutions and private companies. They discuss the effects of digital remote working as a result of the Covid-19 situation and the challenges it presents. Speakers also provide good practice examples of companies that are tackling the issue. The results of a national survey on the matter, based on interviews with workers and focus group discussions with OSH experts and employers, is also presented. At the end of the conference, the ‘Golden Helmet’ Good Practice Award ceremony recognises the achievements of good OSH management systems related to teleworking.

The event takes place at the Radisson Blu Latvia conference centre in Riga and is additionally broadcast online for those who would like to join remotely.



  • Renars Lūsis, Head of the State Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Latvia
  • Aleksandrs Muhlinkins, Deputy Secretary of the Latvian Free Trade Union Confederation
  • Andris Pommers, Head of Integrated Security Department at Schwenk Latvija Jsc
  • Diāna Ivanova, Inspection and labour protection functions, Head of the Work Environment Risk Department at Sadales tīkls Jsc
  • Elīna Kalašņikova, OSH specialist at Rimi Latvia Ltd
  • Ivars Vanadziņš, directorof Rīga Stradiņš University Institute of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health
  • Līga Meņģelsone, General Secretary of the Latvian Employers’ Confederation
  • Marija Slaidiņa, Head of Integrated Management System at Fortum Latvia Ltd
  • Mārtiņš Šulte, Head of the Labour Protection Division of the Personnel Management Service Latvijas Mobilais Telefons Ltd
  • Mārtiņš Veidmanis, Head of Safety Management Division at Latvijas Finieris Jsc
  • Ramona Petraviča, Minister of the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia
  • Representatives from:
    • Latvenergo Jsc
    • Trelleborg Wheel Systems Liepaja, LSEZ, Ltd



State Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Latvia (Valsts darba inspekcija)
Radisson Blu Latvia, Elizabetes Street 55RigaLatvia