How failures in the management of musculoskeletal disorders put workers and patients at risk

Potential failures in the management of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the health and social care sector will be explored during a conference at Peterborough United Football Club on Thursday 28 March.

The event, titled ‘Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in health and social care’ is organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Health and Social Care Group and explores how MSDs can negatively affect workers’ wellbeing and performance.

With increasing use of technology, mechanical aids, agile working and changing environments, work-related MSDs continue to pose a constant threat to anyone working in the health and social care sector. MSDs can have a huge impact on people’s lives, both in and out of work.

Darren McDonald, Chair of IOSH’s Health and Social Care Group, said: “Musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain and upper and lower limb disorders are a threat in virtually every workplace, and in the health and social care sector they pose unique challenges. While early reporting of symptoms and proper treatment can help when recovering from MSDs, it is important workplaces adapt to prevent these issues from occurring in the first place. More needs to be done to improve the management of MSDs and reduce risks to workers.”

The one-day event will encourage delegates to develop an understanding of the common causes of potential failures in the management of musculoskeletal disease.

The event has an excellent selection of speakers, with representation from industry, regulation authority, local government and higher education, as well as from the health and social care sector itself.

Speakers will share their experiences, techniques and perspectives so that delegates will be able to develop a deeper understanding of how to manage MSDs and assess the various techniques and equipment to minimise the associated risks.

The conference will be of particular interest to health and safety practitioners, health professionals, occupational health professionals, manual handling advisers, risk managers and managers of health and social care staff.

The event takes place at the ABAX Stadium, Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 8AL on Thursday 28 March.

Alex Phillimore
Communications Officer +44 (0)116 257 3254 / +44 (0)7980 004494
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