Musculoskeletal disorders/injury account for between 20% and 40% of sickness absence, yet sickness absence can be significantly reduced or avoided with early intervention and objective assessment. Risk factors causing MSDs can be found in virtually every workplace from commerce to agriculture, health services to construction. An estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related MSDs.
The HSE state the key messages about MSDs are: that you can do things to prevent or minimise MSDs; that the prevention measures are cost-effective; that you cannot prevent all MSDs, so early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and suitable rehabilitation is essential.
At Global OHS we can support you in reviewing your DSE current process and advise on cost-effective, yet efficient escalation procedures which may include DSE assessors training. In addition, we can offer specialist ergonomic reviews on an individual and on a specific workplace/environmental basis.