Participatory workshops with female food preparation workers to find solutions to musculoskeletal problems


Kitchen workers are susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) because food preparation tasks involve lifting and carrying loads, as well as awkward and repetitive movements.

This case study from Finland looks at how participatory workshops for kitchen workers can help them to identify, analyse and implement solutions to MSD-related risks. An external expert coordinated a participatory intervention project. It involved carrying out a series of workshops for 504 kitchen workers.

Participants were encouraged to analyse risks, generate solutions and implement changes in the workplace. Over 400 ergonomic changes were made in kitchens.  

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