Prevent MSK Issues

Reduce risks and hazards in the workplace to protect MSK health means.

  • A safe workplace and safe work culture – encourage all employees to place a high value on health and safety at work, so that workers ‘Do things the right way, even if no one is looking’
  • Match employee’s capabilities with the demands of the job.
  • Training and the right equipment that enables safe work to protect MSK health from accidents and injuries.
  • Recognise potentially hazardous tasks or bad practices through risk assessment, learn from experiences and make improvements.
  • Understand the law for example, obligations relating to risk assessment and safety committee regulations.

Examples of hazardous tasks and bad practices

  • Lifting and twisting
  • Repetitive movements
  • Awkward postures
  • Poor workstations ie home working
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Intermittent heavy physical work

Key actions as an employer to reduce risks in the workplace to protect MSK health

  • Identify and assess the risks in your workplace and manage them proactively.
  • Provide training, time and equipment to enable employees to carry out their tasks safely.
  • Engage with staff to ensure good practice.
  • Tackle root causes with good ergonomic design and health & safety procedures.
  • Have clear procedures for reporting risks and incidents in the workplace, both to recognise and mitigate individual risks, and to identify patterns and the need for action.
  • Encourage and enable workers to speak up if they see a health & safety risk.

Now see the other actions to take