Starting conversations about musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common work-related
ailments. Throughout Europe they affect millions of workers and cost employers
billions of euros. Tackling MSDs helps improve the lives of workers, but it
also makes good business sense. Musculoskeletal disorders usually affect the
back, neck, shoulders and upper limbs, but lower limbs can also be affected.
They cover any damage or disorder of the joints or other tissues. Health
problems range from minor aches and pains to more serious medical conditions
requiring time off or medical treatment. In more chronic cases, they can even
lead to disability and the need to give up work.

Good communication between workers and managers about MSDs is essential to
preventing and managing them properly. A new practical resource ‘Conversation
starters for workplace discussions about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)'
makes clear the benefits of having honest and constructive conversations as
soon as a problem arises. It can be used to facilitate group discussions in
the workplace or during training. The tool contains guidance for managers and
employees on communicating about MSDs.

The conversation starters cover different scenarios, including tackling MSDs in
a range of different jobs; telling an employer about a diagnosis of a
musculoskeletal disease; speaking to a worker who may be suffering from back
pain and tackling MSDs in a workplace where tasks are highly differentiated by

Further Informations

AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)