Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) is currently not only a health problem in enterprises across six European regions which are Catalonia (ES), Lombardy (IT), South-West Bohemia (CZ) Upper Austria (AU), Estonia (EE), Provincie Noord-Brabantv(NL), but also impacts negatively on productivity and on the competitiveness of enterprises. In industrialized countries, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and injuries are the most common occupational health problems. WMSDs now account for over 50% of all occupational diseases. The project has been designed to collate successful experiences, innovations, and examples of good practice in WMSD and injury prevention based on a collaborative platform, and to provide a practical means of adapting and developing effective hazard identification and risk assessment toolkits to reduce the increasing incidence of
WMSDs and injuries. It is obvious that sharing and adapting successful experiences, tools/methods and good practices is an effective and practical solution to preventing WMSDs and injuries. Furthermore, the toolkits will be evaluated and improved through feedback and application findings.
1. Collate the existing tools/methods, successful experiences, innovations, and good practice of ergonomics interventions;
2. Improve tools/methods, guidelines, checklists and templates for hazard identification and risk assessment by adapting and
applying them to new applications;
3. Develop toolkits based on a collaborative platform for hazard identification and risk assessment for WMSD and injury
4. Disseminate improved toolkits via specified website to promote good practices in WMSD and injury prevention.
5. Produce a report with recommendations for the local/regional authorities on how to foment WMSD prevention.
Last date updated on June, 2014