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E-fact 9 - Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs): an introduction

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Guides & Tools
Country
EU
Languages
English
Provider
EU OSHA

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Description

Description: 

This web summary provides information about the factors contributing to MSDs, among others: use of force, repetitive work, work in awkward postures, vibration, work in cold environments, prolonged sitting or standing, levels of stress, autonomy and support from colleagues, individuals' prior medical history, etc. These factors may act uniquely or in combination.

E-fact 9 - Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs): an introduction

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Long hours
Manual handling of loads
Poor work environment, e.g lighting
Poor work organisation
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Repetitive movements/work
Static postures - sitting
Static postures - standing
Using Display Screen Equipment
Vibrations
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
MSDs unspecified
Stress
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)
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 : 
2007