10/11/2007

Comparative study on managing musculoskeletal disorders

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is the most widespread
occupational-related illness in the EU. However, despite this prevalence, there
have been few efforts to estimate the overall costs of the illness. Statistics
on MSDs tend to underestimate the extent while failing to take the national
situation and changing work context into account. Researchers agree that
nowadays MSDs which are directly linked to strenuous working conditions are on
the decline, while those related to stress and work overload are increasing.
Organisational problems can be at the root of MSDs, and a participatory
approach to prevention policies has found to be effective.

In its report, the The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and
Working Condition (Eurofound) stresses that MSDs which are directly linked to
strenuous working conditions are on the decline, while those related to stress
and work overload are increasing. Organisational problems can be at the root of
MSDs and a participatory approach to prevention policies has found to be
effective.

The report covers the following topics:


  • Definition and regulation of MSDs
  • Organisational factors
  • Reporting and monitoring systems
  • Socio-demographic trends in MSDs
  • MSDs and working conditions
  • Workplace strategies in managing MSDs

Further info


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions