Towards an Integrated Prevention Strategy for Handling

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Towards an Integrated Prevention Strategy for Handling

Vers une stratégie intégrée de prévention en manutention

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The purpose of this document is to provide all stakeholders and workplaces concerned with preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) related to manual handling tasks with an integrated prevention strategy for manual handling.

Combining training and intervention, this strategy is based on the understanding, observation and analysis of five action principles. These action principles are common to all the handling techniques used by workers. Each of them has specific observation indicators, which identify the compromises that workers must make to achieve their goal of safeguarding their health and safety, in terms of demands or effort.

Destiné à tous les intervenants et les milieux de travail préoccupés par la prévention des troubles musculosquelettiques (TMS) reliés à des tâches de manutention, ce document propose une stratégie intégrée de prévention en manutention.

Combinant formation et intervention, cette stratégie repose sur la compréhension, l’observation et l’analyse de cinq principes d’action. Ces principes d’action sont les points communs de l’ensemble des techniques de manutention qu’utilisent les travailleurs. Chacun d’eux possède des repères d’observation caractéristiques. Les repères indiquent ainsi les compromis que le travailleur doit faire pour atteindre son objectif de préserver sa santé et sa sécurité, puisqu’ils sont liés aux contraintes ou aux efforts.

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Manual handling of loads
Health effects
Back pain or injury
MSDs unspecified
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.)
All (no specific group)
Prevention measures
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Worker participation
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Reducing/minimising the risk by organisational measures, e.g. reducing the number of workers exposed, job rotation
Purpose of the material
Target audience
All (no specific target audience)