Good Practice Awards showcase strong commitment to preventing and managing musculoskeletal disorders

As part of its 15th Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards competition, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) recognises 8 winning and 8 commended examples that successfully tackle musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Companies and organisations from all over Europe are demonstrating the many benefits of a safer and healthier workplace when everyone gets involved.

One of the main highlights of EU-OSHA’s Europe-wide Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load campaign, the awards acknowledge small and large companies and organisations from various industries in Europe that actively prevent and manage MSDs through effective occupational safety and health (OSH) management approaches.

EU-OSHA Interim Director William Cockburn commented on the need to involve workers in MSD risk assessment and prevention: ‘Active participation is where the workers who do the jobs are involved in both identifying the MSD risk factors and proposing preventive measures. Workers have detailed knowledge of and experience in how the job is done and how it affects them. They should be involved in all stages of MSD risk prevention.’