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E-fact 12 - Work related musculoskeletal disorders in the service and retail sectors

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Guides & Tools
Country
EU
Languages
English
Provider
EU OSHA

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Description

Description: 

This web summary provides information on hazards and risks in the sector, assessment of MSD risks and preventive measures including examples of solutions to common musculoskeletal problems. The service and retail sectors offer a wide range of jobs including in shops, restaurants, offices, distribution and entertainment. Many are physically demanding, and workers in these sectors are particularly at risk from back and upper limb disorders.

E-fact 12 - Work related musculoskeletal disorders in the service and retail sectors

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
Hotels and similar accommodation
Restaurants and mobile food service activities
Cleaning activities
HUMAN HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Manual handling of loads
Poor work organisation
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Repetitive movements/work
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
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Women
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Worker representatives
Workers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2007