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MSDs and psychosocial risks: how reducing work stress can aid recovery and return to work

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are associated with not only physical risks, but also psychosocial risk factors, such as job insecurity and low social support. A new discussion paper investigates the effect of psychosocial risks on returning to work with an MSD.

It concludes that the important factors for a successful return to work include holistic risk assessment of physical and psychosocial risks, a planned return-to-work programme, involving the worker in the process, and a positive and supportive working environment. The paper sets out the principles of good practice and is illustrated with examples from different sectors.

Read the discussion paper on psychosocial risks and returning to work after MSDs

Check out the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-2022 website for more on preventing and managing MSDs

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