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E-fact 45 - Checklist for preventing bad working postures

04/11/2008 Type: Info sheets 10 pages

A good posture is one that is comfortable and in which the joints are naturally aligned — the neutral body posture. Working with the body in a neutral position reduces stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system, and therefore reduces the risk of workers developing MSDs. This checklist includes questions on working postures of the back and neck, arms and hands, legs during sitting and standing tasks. It also gives examples of the type of action at a technical, organisational and individual level that can be put in place to prevent or reduce the risks caused by awkward postures.