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E-fact 24 - Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in HORECA

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Description: 

This E-Fact explains why HORECA workers are at risk of developing MSDs. Their jobs, for example, often involve prolonged standing and working in awkward postures. Much of their work is physically demanding, stressful and involves long working hours. Employers need to adapt prevention and intervention strategies to the HORECA sector; workers, who know their work better than anybody, also have an important role to play. A step-by-step guide to risk assessment is explained, as are the European directives relevant to MSDs.

E-fact 24 - Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in HORECA

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Hotels and similar accommodation
Restaurants and mobile food service activities
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Long hours
Poor work organisation
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Static postures - sitting
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
MSDs unspecified
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
Training/guidance (for workers)
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Migrant and immigrant workers
Young workers
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Awareness raising
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Worker representatives
Workers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2008