Risk reduction through design awards

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are not a new problem. They are consistently one of the most common causes of ill-health in Britain’s workplaces every year, making them a priority issue for us here at HSE.

Working in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF), HSE launched the “Risk Reduction Through Design Award” in 2018, a competition aimed at encouraging employers to think of innovative ways to manage the risk of workers developing MSDs, rather than relying on off-the-shelf manual handling which can be costly and ineffective.

We are now seeking entries for the 2019 award and we will be looking for creative solutions that have tackled difficult-to-solve problems and have had real impact in reducing MSDs in the workplace. Involving the workforce in developing the solution is essential, and cross-sector applications which might inspire others to think more actively about design-based solutions will also be part of the judging criteria.

Why should I enter my business into the design prize?

The competition offers businesses like yours the opportunity to be recognised for new and innovative ways of managing MSDs. It also promotes good practice across sectors and provides the opportunity to learn from the methods used by others across a number of different industries.

What does it mean for my business if we win?

The business with the winning entry will be presented with an award at the CIEHF annual conference and both HSE and CIEHF will publicise all the winning and commended entries nationally through our own channels, through trade media, and at our conferences.

How do I enter?

Entering is very straightforward. We need no more than two pages of A4 telling us:

• what was the problem/issue

• how it was tackled

• what were the benefits

• what did your workers think about the changes

Also make sure you include your contact details including the names of client and designer.

Head to HSE’s website to see previous winners. Nominations must be submitted by 31 January 2020 to msdpp@hse.gov.uk