Finland: Large-scale prevention training for social and healthcare workers through an adaptable ergonomics model

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In 2020, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were responsible for about a third of absences at Siun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services. The Finnish organisation produced a comprehensive ergonomics expertise action plan for care and support work. This ergonomics model emphasises MSD prevention by training and raising the awareness of social and healthcare workers. Siun sote is one of the commended examples of the 15th Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards competition, which recognises successful prevention and management of MSDs.

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