Supporting musculoskeletal health in the workplaceKeywords:
This infosheet introduces Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load, a Europe-wide awareness-raising campaign about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
MSDs are the most common work-related health problem in the EU. MSDs are a major cause of concern: first of all because they affect the general health situation of so many workers, and secondly because of the economic impacts on enterprises and the financial and social costs to European countries.
MSDs are preventable and manageable. This can be achieved by adopting an integrated management approach to tackling MSDs based on the principles of the occupational safety and health Framework Directive, among which we would like to underline: workplace risk assessment, the hierarchy of prevention and worker participation.