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What impact do gender and culture have on the development of MSDs?

While all workers are at risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), the level of risk faced by them can sometimes depend on the worker’s gender, sexuality, or social background. Certain jobs, industries and social barriers make it more likely for particular demographics to develop or aggravate an MSD.

To discuss the problem, the Portuguese focal point is organising a round table event on 23 March. Speakers discuss why different groups of workers are more exposed to MSD risk factors (including poor working conditions, lack of career opportunities and subjection to bullying and harassment, among other issues). The event is intended to help businesses manage diverse workforces, develop gender-sensitive risk assessments, and ultimately reduce the risks to workers’ health while respecting cultural plurality in the labour market.

This event would be of particular interest to representatives from national public bodies, such as labour inspectorates, in addition to other professionals including health delegates, HR managers and OSH technicians.


  • Emília Telo, EU-OSHA Focal Point Coordinator at the Working Conditions Authority (ACT)
  • Maurício Soares, Occupational Physician at Super Bock Group and Bosch
  • Marcelino Pena Costa, Employer Representative on the EU-OSHA Board of Directors and member of the Confederation of Commerce and Services of Portugal – CCP
  • Vanda Cruz, Worker Representative on the EU-OSHA Management Board and member of the General Workers Union – UGT


Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho