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Germany: A systematic approach to preventing MSDs

Type
Case study
Country
Germany
Languages
English
Provider

Description

Description: 

This case study highlights Germany’s holistic approach to tackling musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), facilitated by a comprehensive legal framework. MSDs are the most common cause of absence from work in Germany, and preventing them is one of the priorities of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy. The development and implementation of this strategy involves multiple stakeholders — the federal government, federal states and accident insurance institutions, as well as trade associations, safety experts and occupational physicians — enabling a multifaceted, collaborative approach.

Germany: A systematic approach to preventing MSDs

Detailed Information

Hazards: 
Manual handling of loads
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Repetitive movements/work
Using Display Screen Equipment
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
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Adjustments following injury/sickness absence
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Purpose of the material: 
Training
Warning message/Alert
General information
Awareness raising
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target audience: 
All (no specific target audience)
Priority area: 
Facts and figures
Prevention
Psychosocial risks
Date of Publication / Year : 
2020