5 tips to keep your employees safe from work-related musculoskeletal disorders
A true nuisance in companies, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common occupational disease. MSDs are a group of conditions that primarily affect the muscles, tendons and nerves, particularly in the back or upper limbs.
The risk factors for MSDs are numerous and their management represents a real challenge for companies. The risks are mainly related to 4 factors:
- Biomechanical and environmental constraints such as the repetitiveness of gestures, static work or cold and vibration.
- The organizational constraints of the company such as the pace of work or the tasks to be performed.
- The psychosocial aspects of each individual including workload, lack of autonomy or level of expectations.
- The sensitivity and physical condition of each person such as age or initial state of health.
Therefore, MSDs can lead to a decline in employee performance and affect the company’s productivity (decreased productivity, increased stress, absenteeism, etc.). MSDs can become extremely expensive for organizations. That is why it is extremely important into consideration these nuisances in order to find adapted and effective solutions to avoid them.
How to protect employees from muskuloskeletal disorders?
Conduct a perpetual risk assessment
Risk assessment is essential to prevention. Indeed it is important to understand all the risk factors related to undertaking the tasks entrusted to the employees. This evaluation must be carried out globally but also by workstations. Indeed, each employee is subject to different risk factors according to the tasks entrusted to him. The risk assessment must be based on the measurement of certain data such as recurring positions, the employee’s exposure to noise pollution or the weight of the loads to be handled.
Set up a risk prevention campaign
Once the analysis phase has been completed, it is necessary to make employees aware of the risks to which they are exposed. The prevention phase must be considered as soon as possible, i.e. as soon as the employee is integrated into the company. This can be done through an ergonomic design of the workspace or a thorough reflection on the process of accomplishing the tasks. This will allow the employee to evolve and work in a space fully designed and adapted to these needs but also to maximize his psychosocial well-being.
Adapt work tasks to the employee
Humans are not machines! It is important to take into account human limitations and tailor tasks to human capabilities. In order to preserve its employees, the employer must put in place a maximum of technical and practical means intended to facilitate the work of its employees.
Consider the technological advancements
At a time when robotization and automation are more and more present in our lives, it is interesting to understand how it is possible to help employees in their daily tasks. This evolution of work is today a major challenge for companies and constitutes a real lever of action to fight against physical and mental disorders related to work. This transformation must be closely linked to a watch in order to put in place the means most adapted to the needs of employees.
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