Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) remain the most common work-related health problem in the European Union and workers in all sectors and occupations can be affected. Besides the effects on workers themselves, they lead to high costs to enterprises and society. This latest report, following on from the Agency’s previous research, aims to give an updated overview of the current European situation as regards MSDs, and a detailed insight into the causes and circumstances behind work-related MSDs.
This report pulls together and analyses existing data relating to MSDs from the main EU surveys and administrative data. These data are completed and enriched with data from national sources.
The report aims to provide a well-founded evidence base to support policy makers, researchers and the occupational safety and health community at EU and national levels in their task of preventing work-related MSDs.