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E-fact 16 - Hazards and risks leading to work-related neck and upper limb disorders (WRULDs)

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Guides & Tools
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EU
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English
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Description

Description: 

This web summary provides information on the WRULDs risk factors, relevant European legislation and risk assessment.WRULDs are the commonest occupational diseases in Europe. They usually develop gradually, the cumulative effect of many, apparently moderate applications of force, repeated over an extended period.

E-fact 16 - Hazards and risks leading to work-related neck and upper limb disorders (WRULDs)

Detailed Information

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
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)
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Awareness raising
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Worker representatives
Safety officers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2007