Tackling work-related MSDs through effective strategies, policies and practice

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What really works when it comes to tackling work-related MSDs? Our new report identifies 25 varied initiatives — from awareness-raising campaigns to inspections and legislation — used in 14 countries, highlighting what can be done to prevent MSDs, particularly in SMEs. Six of these are explored in more depth, giving insight into how actions to prevent MSDs work in practice. This report is part of a wider project in which existing MSD prevention policies, programmes and tools have been analysed alongside with existing literature and statistical evidence on the topic.

The research reveals several key elements important for effective policy-level interventions, including the commitment and participation of all stakeholders at all levels, promoting the adoption of preventive measures through positive incentives and the consideration of ergonomics.

Download the report and summary 'Prevention policy and practice: approaches to tackling work-related musculoskeletal disorders' and related case studies

Read the literature review report Work-related MSDs: why are they still so prevalent and what can be done to protect workers and businesses?

Learn more about our work-related MSD research on our dedicated web page