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Work-related MSDs: why are they still so prevalent and what can be done to protect workers and businesses?


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EU-OSHA’s latest research explores why musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) remain a major occupational safety and health concern in Europe’s workplaces — despite intensive legislative efforts to prevent them.

Our new literature review looks at new and emerging work-related MSD risks and trends, gaps in current prevention strategies and how approaches to prevention could be improved. It is part of a wider project in which existing MSD prevention policies, programmes and tools have been analysed. Complementary case studies from six European countries identify evidence-based holistic approaches to managing workplace risks as key to effective prevention.

This work is part of a multi-annual research activity aimed at supporting the prevention and management of work-related MSDs by providing reliable information and guidance to policy-makers, national authorities, employers and sectoral organisations. The results will also feed our 2020 – 22 Healthy Workplaces Campaign Lighten the Load.

Read the full literature review, check out the summary and explore the 6 country case studies and 25 policy examples