Press releases


© EU-OSHA /Adam Skrzypczak

Physically demanding work such as patient handling is a significant risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), making them a widespread concern among healthcare workers, with backache and upper limb pain as commonly reported problems. So how can we tackle MSDs in this sector?

Our discussion paper gives an overview of MSDs in healthcare workplaces, reviews the risk factors and discusses effective interventions to prevent, reduce and manage MSDs.



A new report summarises the findings of EU-OSHA’s multiannual project exploring research, policy and practice on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), aimed at supporting the development of strategies to tackle this highly prevalent occupational safety and health issue in Europe’s workplaces.


© EU-OSHA /Ján Kisucky / Photo Competition 2009

Smart personal protective equipment (PPE) promises higher levels of safety and comfort in the workplace through the use of enhanced materials or electronic components. However, there are obstacles that will need to be overcome if it is to be successfully implemented in Europe’s workplaces. A new discussion paper examines the opportunities opened up and the risks posed by these new technologies.

Although organisational measures and collective protection should be always prioritised, the use of PPE is becoming an intelligent support.