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Participatory ergonomics: how can it improve workers’ health and well-being and prevent MSDs?

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A new discussion paper explores the benefits of using participatory ergonomics (PE) —involving workers in planning and controlling work activities — to tackle work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

It outlines the steps involved in setting up a PE project and describes several real-life examples of PE being used to address MSD risk factors in the workplace, from offices to construction sites. Our body and hazard mapping info sheet is also an invaluable PE tool, providing step-by-step guidance on involving workers in MSD risk assessment and prevention.

Nobody knows a job better than the person in the role, so it makes sense to involve workers in identifying risks and finding solutions.

Read the discussion paper on participatory ergonomics

Check out the body and hazard mapping info sheet

Read our OSHwiki article on carrying out participatory ergonomics

Visit the Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load campaign website