Germany: A systematic approach to preventing MSDs

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Germany: A systematic approach to preventing MSDs

Germany: A systematic approach to preventing MSDs

Type of item
Case study
Country
Německo
Languages

English

Provider
Provider (English)
EU OSHA
Provider (Original)
EU OSHA

Description

This case study highlights Germany’s holistic approach to tackling musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), facilitated by a comprehensive legal framework. MSDs are the most common cause of absence from work in Germany, and preventing them is one of the priorities of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy. The development and implementation of this strategy involves multiple stakeholders — the federal government, federal states and accident insurance institutions, as well as trade associations, safety experts and occupational physicians — enabling a multifaceted, collaborative approach.

This case study highlights Germany’s holistic approach to tackling musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), facilitated by a comprehensive legal framework. MSDs are the most common cause of absence from work in Germany, and preventing them is one of the priorities of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy. The development and implementation of this strategy involves multiple stakeholders — the federal government, federal states and accident insurance institutions, as well as trade associations, safety experts and occupational physicians — enabling a multifaceted, collaborative approach.

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English

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Sector / Indrustry covered
Neomezeno na určité odvětví
Hazards
Manual handling of loads
Psychosocial/stress hazards
Repetitive movements/work
Using Display Screen Equipment
Health effects
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.)
Všichni (žádná konkrétní skupina)
Prevention measures
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Simple tips and measures
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Adjustments following injury/sickness absence
Purpose of the material
Training
Warning message/Alert
General information
Awareness raising
Guidance
Risk assessment
Target audience
All (no specific target audience)
Priority area
Faktid ja arvud
Ennetamine
Psühhosotsiaalsed riskid
Year
2020