MSD discriminates against women, the aged, and the unwell.

John Campbell

If you have female employees, or older employees, or employees with diabetes, thyroid problems or hormonal issues, or even some unfit employees then you need to know that they are at increased susceptibility to MSD.

MSD? What’s MSD?

MSD is the acronym for Musculoskeletal Disorders and it is a general description of problems that affect the human body's musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, nerves, discs, etc.) and it accounted for almost half of all reported incidents to HSE last year.

What can we do about it?

Well the study of the physical laws of work is called Ergonomics.

It enables knowledgeable individuals to identify problems with their actions which may lead to MSD and to alter them to avoid the onset of MSD and the associated negative consequences.

Employers with an ergonomically astute workforce are less likely to suffer the consequential absenteeism and/or litigation. Additionally, knowledgeable individuals can change their behaviour at home where many MSD related problems begin or are exacerbated.

It’s a WIN – WIN

No self-respecting employer wants to hurt their employees and ergonomic knowledge gives the workforce the toolset to keep themselves safe from MSD.

With knowledgeable employees, those with increased susceptibility will be able to identify the warning symptoms before it becomes a problem, and act accordingly.

So why not fight MSD discrimination by getting your employees trained?

If you want to know more about Ergonomics, just get in touch.

jrcampbell@ip312ua.freeserve.co.uk

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