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Factsheet 71 - Introduction to work-related musculoskeletal disorders

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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common workrelated problem in Europe. Almost 24 % of the EU-25 workers report suffering from backache and 22 % complain about muscular pains. Both conditions are more prevalent in the new Member States, 39 % and 36 % respectively.

Factsheet 71 - Introduction to work-related musculoskeletal disorders

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Sector / Industry covered: 
Not sector specific
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Manual handling of loads
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
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
Adjustments following injury/sickness absence
Purpose of the material: 
Warning message/Alert
General information
Awareness raising
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Worker representatives
Workers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2007