Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are some of the most common work-related ailments: they affect millions of workers and cost employers in lost productivity. There is growing evidence that links MSDs with psychosocial risk factors such as:
- high workloads
- tight deadlines
- lack of control of the work and working methods
- low autonomy and
- low job satisfaction.
This is especially the case when combined with physical risks, having an adverse effect on controlling MSDs.
As part of our Occupational Health toolkit, IOSH has produced guidance on managing MSDs, which includes links to a range of additional resources.
We have funded research including:
- Move more - which investigates the impact of behaviour change techniques on break-taking behaviour in an office environment
- Hands on - which discusses the prevalence of work-related upper limb disorders in hand-intensive healthcare occupations.
If you're looking for general guidance on the topic of MSDs, visit:
- European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) Guidance on the application of the essential health and safety requirements on ergonomics
- Australian Occupational Safety and Health Body of Knowledge Biomechanical Hazards
- UK Health and Safety Executive Musculoskeletal disorders
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