Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) include injuries and conditions that can affect the back, joints and limbs, which can reduce a person’s quality of life. You can develop a musculoskeletal disorder or it can be made worse through work.
HSE statistics show that in 2021/22, 477,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders. This accounts for 7.3 million working days lost due to work-related MSDs. Do the right thing and protect your employees from work-related MSDs.
Managing the risks
Employers must manage the risk of MSDs in the workplace. Tasks which have a high risk of causing MSDs include manual handling, repetitive work, awkward postures and exposure to vibration. There are also risks associated with use of display screen equipment such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Find out what you can do to tackle the risks of MSDs: Musculoskeletal disorders – HSE.
MSDs design Award
If you are an employer in the UK, and you’ve used a design solution to reduce musculoskeletal risks, nominate your design change for the ‘Risk-reduction through design award’.
This award inspires employers to think about how changes to work can reduce the risks of harm to people. It is sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) and you can get further information, case studies of previous winners and how to nominate your design solution here.