CIEHF is working with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to support an annual musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) ‘risk-reduction through design’ award. The aim is to highlight the important contribution that design changes can make to reduce MSD risks, and businesses are urged nominate design changes that have made a real impact during 2017.

HSE’s main focus is on health and safety issues related to pain and disorders caused by work, whether this occurs in the neck, upper limbs, back, or hips and lower limbs. There are several things you can do to prevent or minimise MSDs and these prevention measures are cost effective. You cannot prevent all MSDs, so early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and suitable rehabilitation is essential. Risk factors causing MSDs can be found in virtually every workplace from commerce to agriculture, health services to construction.

Ergonomics can have a real impact through input into design changes that reduce risk of MSDs, so let's celebrate successful interventions in this area. The closing date for entries is 31st January.

Find out more on the HSE website.

You may also be interested in HSE's Work-Related MSD Summit, taking place in London on 21 March. This summit will explain what HSE is doing to achieve this, what you can do about it and what current scientific thinking is starting to shape new and re-energised approaches.