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Why are particular groups of workers more likely to develop musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? What are the barriers to preventing and managing MSDs? Which workplace initiatives have proved successful?

Keeping up to date with research on Europe’s number one work-related ailment is crucial, whether you’re a policy-maker, employer or member of the occupational safety and health community.

You can find all the latest data, reports and analyses published by EU-OSHA in the facts and figures priority area of the Lighten the Load campaign website.



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2021–2030 has been proclaimed the Decade of Healthy Ageing by the United Nations to convey the urgent need for global action to improve the lives of older people.

The ageing and shrinking workforce is a major challenge of Europe: by 2030, workers aged 55-64 are expected to make up 30 % or more of the workforce. Meanwhile, many workers leave the labour market well before reaching the pension age.


Want to learn more about the prevalence, causes or consequences of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? Our easy-to-use database features a wealth of entries with informative resources, as part of the facts and figures priority area of the Healthy Workplaces campaign website.


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A new report provides a snapshot of the findings of EU-OSHA’s foresight project on the organisational and technological changes facing the agriculture and forestry sector, and the resulting challenges for occupational safety and health (OSH).

Traditionally, the sector has one of the highest accident rates in Europe, with many workers poorly protected by OSH regulations or not protected at all, increasing risks from climate change, low farm incomes, slow uptake of smart and safer technologies, and lack of a prevention culture all contributing to this.


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The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the crucial importance of health, including health and safety at work. This initiative builds on the previous EU Strategic Framework 2014-2020. It aims to maintain and improve the high health & safety standards for EU workers - also in light of new circumstances, and will help to prepare for new crises and threats. It will identify key objectives and set out a strategic framework to encourage EU countries and stakeholders to work together on common priorities.


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What are work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), why is it so important to prevent them and how can we do this? Our new info sheet explains it all!

From details of different MSDs health issues and the associated risk factors to clearly laid out facts and figures that demonstrate just how prevalent these debilitating disorders are, the info sheet is an invaluable and practical resource.


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Moving loads, awkward postures and vibrations from machinery all take their toll on the body: it is no surprise then that construction workers face an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

A new discussion paper explores this issue and looks at the importance of effective risk assessment.