Inspection and Enforcement Campaign 2022 on MSDs prevention
The Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) established a working group in 2017 to address Occupational Health and Safety Emerging Risks (Working Group (WG) EMEX). The main objective assigned to WG EMEX was to strengthen the enforcement of national legal provisions governing ergonomics and psychosocial working conditions that are instrumental to sustainable working environments for women and men, as well as young and old workers.
SLIC decided to organise an inspection and enforcement campaign on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and gave WG EMEX the task to organise and carry out the SLIC Campaign in 2022. The inspection and enforcement campaign called “Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load” is running from January 2022, starting with a train the trainer event, until the end of 2022, with the reports of the campaign by the Member States.
The aims of the campaign are the following:
- Promote occupational safety and health (OSH) risk assessment and management measures, regarding the prevention of MSDs;
- Broaden the knowledge of European labour inspectors about issues relating to the development of MSDs and about ways of reducing risk factors for the occurrence of MSDs in enterprises;
- Encourage a level playing field in the area of the prevention of MSDs with a view to promote that workers in the EU have all the same level of OSH and the enterprises have the same conditions of competition;
- Cooperate with EU-OSHA and its national focal points , take advantage of their analyses and information materials and disseminate them.
This campaign is taking place in close cooperation with EU OSHA’s HealthyWorkplaces campaign. The campaign is based on the SLIC guide for assessing the quality of the risk assessments and risk management measures with regard to prevention of MSDs, published in March 2019 (SLIC (public access) - Library (europa.eu) .
The campaign material can be found, in all EU languages, on the SLIC website: SLIC (public access) - Library (europa.eu)