Practical tools and guidance on musculoskeletal disorders

To make it easy for workplaces to assess and manage MSD risks, our easy-to-use database includes a variety of practical tools and guidance materials developed at EU and national levels.

The resources include case studies and visual materials and cover a wide range of sectors, hazard types and prevention measures. Some are specifically aimed at certain actors, for example employers, workers or managers, and some at managing MSDs among specific groups of workers. The resources can be filtered by any of these or by a variety of other categories, so it couldn’t be easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

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Guides & Tools EU English
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EU-OSHA
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EU-OSHA

Home-based working has some advantages, such as saving time on the office commute. However, it is also associated with an increase in prolonged sitting, social isolation from colleagues and difficulty in disconnecting. This info sheet explains why this can have a negative impact on teleworkers’...

Visual resources EU English
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EU-OSHA
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EU-OSHA

This PPT focuses on home-based telework and why it should be part of every employer’s risk assessment process. It also describes the main work-related MSD risk factors associated with telework and provides preventive measures to address them.

Visual resources EU English
Provider (English)
EU-OSHA
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EU-OSHA

This PPT focuses on home-based telework and why it should be part of every employer’s risk assessment process. It also brings up how employers should establish a telework policy that includes provisions on occupational risk assessment, ergonomic equipment, working hours and expected results.

Case study Slovenia English
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EU-OSHA
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EU-OSHA

Employees of the Slovenian insurance company Zavarovalnica Triglav, d.d. mostly perform desk-based work and risk developing MSDs through computer use. The company used a holistic approach to address mental and physical health through ergonomic measures, promotion of physical activity and awareness...

Case study Germany English
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EU-OSHA
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EU-OSHA

Most employees of German multinational software corporation SAP SE work at their desks, exposing them to ergonomic problems. SAP SE developed an extensive knowledge database containing resources and guidance to promote ergonomics and prevent MSDs. This includes advice on business car use and working...

Visual resources United Kingdom English
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Cardimus / HSL
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Cardimus / HSL

Practical and visual course teaching the best way to use all the different devices we might see each day so that we don’t hurt ourselves. The course covers things like computers, laptops, tablets, games consoles and smart phones. It takes around 10 minutes to complete.

Guides & Tools Canada English
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Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health (CCOHS)
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Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health (CCOHS)

Easy-to-read, question-and-answer fact sheet addressing the issue of buying ergonomic office furniture.