Musculoskeletal disorders prevalence, prevention and policy: what have we learnt?


Hear from Dr Richard Graveling, IOM's Principal Ergonomist in session 1 - MSDs: from research to policy and practice.

In 2017, EU-OSHA started a multiannual research programme on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A range of projects have been carried out within the programme, resulting in various outputs, ranging from research reports and expert articles to practical tools and a database of MSDs-related resources.

This webinar presents some key findings from this MSDs research, undertaken by EU-OSHA with the support of external experts. The webinar wraps up the research work and the results carry forward into EU-OSHA’s 2020-22 Healthy Workplaces Campaign on MSDs. 


Welcome and introduction by Christa Sedlatschek, EU-OSHA Executive Director
Setting the scene: what is the issue with MSDs in Europe?
Session 1 - MSDs: from research to policy and practice 
Session 2 - Working with chronic MSDs: how workplaces can support individuals
Session 3 - Psychosocial risks and MSDs: what do we know?
Session 4 - Panel - MSDs, occupations, sectors and workforce diversity: MSDs prevention in agriculture; Health care sector and MSDs; MSDs and gender; Avoiding prolonged sitting
End of the conference

Principal Ergonomist
Dr Richard Graveling Principal Ergonomist

Richard is Principal Ergonomist at IOM, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FCIEHF). With over 30 years of research experience, Richard is one of the most senior researchers in the IOM and has acted as an authoritative advisor to government departments on a number of occasions. He also has extensive experience as an expert witness in the UK courts where he is often called upon to evaluate, summarise and present research knowledge to a non-scientific audience.

Contact Details:


  • BSc Physiology/Chemistry (1st Class Joint Honours)
  • MSc by research
  • PhD by research

Committee and Society Memberships:

  • Felllow, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF)
  • Member British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
  • Member of a number of British, European and International Standards Working Groups

Research Interests:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Ergonomics of PPE
  • Heat stress/strain
  • Stress and Mental wellbeing at work.