Lieven Eeckelaert, PREVENT, Belgium
Several strategies can be taken to prevent musculoskeletal disorders that are primarily caused or aggravated by work and the work environment (work-related MSDs). These strategies range from technical and engineering measures, over more organisational approaches, to person-oriented interventions. As set out in the EU legislation, prevention of work-related MSDs should be based on the process of (participatory) risk assessment and should consider some general principles of prevention. Research indicates that an integrated, multidisciplinary and participatory approach is required in order to effectively tackle MSDs at the workplace.