Enter our award today

HSE’s annual musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) ‘risk-reduction through design’ award is now open for nominations. We want to recognise your contribution to reducing risk.

Full details on how to enter, as well as case studies for previous winners, are available on our website.

The award is open to UK employers of all sizes and industry sectors and is sponsored by HSE and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF).

Entries are encouraged by employers who have made simple changes to their workplace, task or activities that have resulted in significantly reduced musculoskeletal risk to their employees.

This might include:

  • a reduction in lifting, pushing or pulling activities
  • removing the need for manual handling
  • a significant decrease in the need for awkward postures or the force needed to use equipment

The emphasis is on design solutions that have or can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders for their own workers.

New for 2024

There will now be 2 categories for the award:

  • Best overall MSD risk-reduction through design award
  • The Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Recognition award

SMEs are defined by number of employees so this category is specifically for businesses with less than 250 employees.