Advice for employers on supporting workers with musculoskeletal disorders.

19.08.2020

A report commissioned by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA); Analysis of case studies on working with chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Authors: Alice Davis, Joanne O. Crawford and Evanthia Giagloglou (Institute of Occupational Medicine — IOM), Michael Whitmore (RAND Europe)

This report was commissioned by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

A police officer, a receptionist and a podiatrist, each with a chronic musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), discuss their experiences in a study on the most widespread global health issue affecting workers.

This report presents eight case studies of people with chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) who successfully returned to work after sick leave or continued to work with the MSD. The studies aim to examine the experiences of these workers — who were recruited from a variety of organisations, sectors and European countries — to identify good practices.

Early intervention, support from managers and colleagues, and open communication are some of the success factors highlighted by the cases. Simple measures often enabled the people to continue working. The analysis also addresses the transferability of the interventions to other organisations and the benefits of retaining experienced workers.

Check the full report and the summary

Find out more about our research activity on work-related MSDs

Read OSHwiki articles on managing back pain  and working with an MSD 

  • IOMworld Posted: 3 days ago
    New research gives clear advice for employers on managing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.… https://t.co/VAjBtjom6w
  • IOMworld Posted: 4 days ago
    We have published over 2,500 articles and major pieces of project work. Today we are one of Europe’s principal work… https://t.co/t5Gc07YYP5
  • IOMworld Posted: 4 days ago
    One in four of the population suffer from chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Discover good practice advice o… https://t.co/ENeRWMBlHA
  • IOMworld Posted: 4 days ago
    Restrict the transmission of the #COVID19 virus in the workplace with a #COVID19 workplace risk assessment. Find ou… https://t.co/15jhgFZpkd
  • IOMworld Posted: 17 days ago
    Last chance to get involved the future of healthy working by taking part in the EPHOR survey and be part of ground… https://t.co/T8Y5M84RuC
  • IOMworld Posted: 20 days ago
    Use your expert knowledge and be a part of ground-breaking research on developing innovative methods for working-li… https://t.co/FGcuKD0qHF
  • IOMworld Posted: 22 days ago
    Find out how you can help to advance occupational health science in a unique way to reduce the burden of disease. C… https://t.co/70Vl3Qv1EL
  • IOMworld Posted: 25 days ago
    We have published over 2,500 articles and major pieces of project work. Today we are one of Europe’s principal work… https://t.co/C2daujZVK7
  • IOMworld Posted: 25 days ago
    #NanoTox2021 is taking place online from 20th – 22nd April 2021 ➡️Nanotechnology ➡️ Hazard and risk assessment of n… https://t.co/JC30t6iKhf
  • IOMworld Posted: 26 days ago
    Talking about the physical and emotional aspects of working from home & how it impacts both organisations & humans… https://t.co/OYw7dsIvHF