Here are some easy, cost-effective ways to help your employees prevent musculoskeletal disorders:
Design: create safe environments, clear of any tripping or falling hazards. Provide employees with proper equipment, such as ergonomic desk spaces or officially approved tools and gear for manual workers.3
Training: ensure employees know how to use tools and equipment properly, including proper posture and lifting techniques. Encourage frequent short breaks instead of fewer yet longer ones.4
Take action: perform a risk assessment which involves staff and prioritises their participation in discussions for ideas and solutions. This not only makes changes more welcome and easy to adopt, but ensures a high level of commitment.
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- Medscape. Low Back Pain Prevalent in Different Parts of the World. https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/825885. Accessed November 27, 2017
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Preventing back pain - What can I do to help protect workers? http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/backpain/employers/preventing.htm. Accessed 12 September 2017.
- National Health Service (NHS). Back pain at work. 2016. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/backpainatwork.aspx. Accessed 12 September 2017.
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Ergonomics and human factors at work. 2013. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg90.pdf. Accessed 12 September 2017.