Thinking differently about MSDs

Recent insight research shows that across industry there is an appetite for new and innovative ideas to tackle Musculoskeletal disorders. Barriers to managing the risks include ineffective training and interventions.

We’re encouraging employers and workers to think differently about the risks from MSDs.

This page contains useful guidance, resources, tools and case studies to help employers to Think, Tailor and Test their approach to managing MSDs in their workplace.

Case studies

Work-related MSDs are one of the most common reported cause of work-related ill health in Great Britain. They can affect every type of business with the worst problems found in Transport and Storage/Logistics, Construction, Health & Social care and Agriculture sectors.

The Transport and Logistics sector lost 417,000 working days last year due to work-related MSDs. If you work in this sector these industry examples may help you in reviewing your approach to managing the risks caused by manual handling.

The MAC Tool

Manual handling is defined as:

“…any transporting or supporting of a load (including the lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving thereof) by hand or bodily force”

Our Manual Handling Assessment Charts – MAC Tool – is designed to help you understand, interpret and categorise the level of risk in your workplace from manual handling activities such as lifting and carrying. It provides links to help on control measures to manage this risk.

You can find out more about the tool and download it here.

Think, Tailor, Test

Get the help you need to change the way you work, reduce manual handling risks and avoid paying for ineffective or unnecessary training at our new guidance page

Design Prize

The ‘Risk-reduction through design’ award is open to businesses who have made ergonomics–based changes to their work practices to reduce the risks of work-related MSDs.

Last year, Tameside MBC, reduced manual handling by approximately 85% with the introduction of the Multihog. You can see how the Multihog benefited their organisation in this video.

“The Multihog has stopped the back-breaking work we used to have to put up with before, so it’s great for us on a day-to-day basis.”

Find out how to enter the award

The deadline for entering is Wednesday 31 January 2019. The award is sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Musculoskeletal Disorders – Email Newsletter

Keep up to date on how we are working to reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders by subscribing to our MSDs e-bulletin.