Factsheet 9 - Inventory of socio-economic information about work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the Member States of the European Union


This inventory of socio-economic information about workrelated musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) brings together existing information from European Member States about specific cost elements related to these work-related disorders. It aims to present basic socio-economic information that can be used by all those who have an interest in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and/or the reintegration into employment of (ex) workers with this kind of health problem. The aim of this document is not to provide a model or a definition of the total costs due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders. It only aims to collate relevant information available in the Member States about certain specific socio-economic factors in relation to MSD. In this way this document provides background information as required by the European Commission’s Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (Luxembourg). It should be kept in mind that all information provided here is based on existing literature in the Member States or references given to us by our network partners (national Focal points and members of the Thematic Network Group Systems and Programmes) in the Member States. For each statistic or data a reference to a source is given. The content of this inventory has been the subject of consultation with the national Focal points (including social partner representatives in the Focal Point Group). It should be borne in mind that methods of calculation and definition often differ so that any direct comparison between data can be questioned. However given the range of data available, we believe that the information provides a useful overview of the current situation.

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