Case studies

Managing work-related MSDs in different contexts

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Sedentary work

Act now to avoid prolonged standing and sitting at work. Promoting moving and exercise at your workplace is key to preventing MSDs.

Change prolonged-sitting routines


20/09/2021 On your marks, get set ... Be Active! Everyone benefits from physical activity, and the European Week of Sport 2021 is a great opportunity to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle — regardless of...See more

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16/09/2021 Static postures are harmful – dynamic postures at work are key to musculoskeletal health Our bodies are built for movement – it’s a central part of maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal system and the less we move, the more chance we have of...See more


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Risk assessment is an essential first step in the prevention of occupational accidents and work-related health problems. To make this process easier, EU-OSHA developed OiRA — an Online Interactive Risk Assessment, which has been already in use since...See more
Psychosocial risk factors are a significant cause of ill-health in many workplaces. As well as their adverse effect on mental well-being they can also contribute to the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The global COVID-19 pandemic is...See more
Everyone benefits from physical activity, and the European Week of Sport 2021 is a great opportunity to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle — regardless of your age or fitness level. The week runs from 23 to 30 September, starting with the...See more
Rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most common chronic health conditions and they are becoming even more common as the workforce ages. Too often, chronic health conditions lead to an early exit from work. Still, many people with...See more
Identifying safety hazards during a workplace inspection is key, but finding out how work might be harming workers’ bodies is also essential. Body and hazard mapping are methods to address these issues and identify common patterns of safety hazards...See more
Our "Healthy workers, thriving companies practical guide to wellbeing at work" presents a hands-on approach to preventing and managing work-related psychosocial risks and musculoskeletal disorders. European workers report these two issues as the...See more
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In May, the outlines for the inspection campaign on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workforce were adopted when the Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) gathered at the 79th Plenary Meeting. The SLIC working group for...See more
EU-OSHA and official campaign partners (OCPs) gathered at the online Healthy Workplaces Campaign Partner Good Practice Exchange event to share best practices and initiatives in 2021 and beyond, moving forward in the frame of the Healthy Workplaces...See more
Telework looks likely to become a permanent feature of employment for many organisations following the COVID-19 pandemic. But to what extent is this form of work covered by legislation to protect workers? A new report — informed by a survey of EU-...See more
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Within the framework of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) project, on 22 June EU-OSHA held the third informal webinar for the IPA Focal Points (Western Balkans and Turkey) on the topic of occupational safety and health (OSH) and...See more



Priority areas

The ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load’ campaign is organised into several priority areas, which are promoted using special communication and promotion packs throughout the campaign. Each area covers a specific topic related to MSDs. A range of materials, including reports, infosheets, infographics and case studies, are released every three to four months to maintain the campaign’s momentum.
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Official Campaign partners

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European and international enterprises and organisations, both public and private, from a variety of sectors, support the Healthy Workplaces Campaign. They form a network of pioneers, inspiring and encouraging others to successfully manage a safe and healthy workforce. Their engagement is essential to making sure that the campaign messages reach all kinds of workplaces throughout the EU.

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