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Report - Prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in practice

Type
Case study
Country
EU
Austria
Belgium
Estonia
Finland
Greece
Italy
Lithuania
Slovakia
Languages
English
Provider
EU OSHA

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Description

Description: 

The Lighten the Load campaign featured the Good Practice Awards, which recognise organisations that have made outstanding and innovative contributions to tackling MSDs. The awards promote and encourage practical solutions in workplaces and share this good practice around Europe. This publication contains the summaries of 20 working examples of how companies and organisations from across the EU have taken action against MSDs.

Report - Prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in practice

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHING
MINING AND QUARRYING
Manufacture of textiles
Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
ELECTRICITY, GAS, STEAM AND AIR CONDITIONING SUPPLY
Construction of roads and motorways
HUMAN HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Manual handling of loads
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Repetitive movements/work
Static postures - sitting
Static postures - standing
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
Prevention measures: 
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Simple tips and measures
Worker participation
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Reducing/minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed, job rotation
Training/guidance (for workers)
Exercises
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Worker representatives
Supervisor
Workers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2008