Musculoskeletal disorders, the most common cause of sick leave


Millions of workers across Europe suffer from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). And despite major efforts to prevent them, they remain the most widespread work-related health problem in Europe.
But what is behind this acronym? MSDs are cumulative disorders resulting from repeated exposure to more or less heavy loads over a long period. These disorders, which are also linked to the adoption of forced postures, mainly affect the back, neck, shoulders and upper limbs, although they can also affect the lower limbs. Some of them of occupational origin, such as carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, are specific because of their well-defined signs and symptoms. Others are not so much so since the pain or discomfort is seen without clear symptoms that a disorder exists.
MSDs are one of the most common causes of disability and work stoppage and are the most common occupational disease in countries such as Spain, France or Italy. Its ability to prevent millions of workers in the European Union from continuing to work throughout their lives generates a significant economic cost for the people concerned, companies and national health systems.
For all these reasons, throughout the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, celebrated between today and October 28, the various agents of the preventive community: administrations, unions, mutuals, companies, etc. , They will carry out different dissemination and dissemination actions aimed at raising awareness of work-related MSDs and the exchange of good practices in prevention and, by extension, promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits throughout of the society.
Organized by EU-OSHA and its partners, this European week focuses on musculoskeletal disorders. For this, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has developed the campaign “Healthy workplaces: let’s relax the burden”.
To this campaign – which responds to the strategy “Safety and health at work concerns everyone. It’s good for you. It’s a good deal for everyone’-, the Ministry of Economy, Business and Employment of Castilla-La Mancha joined, thanks to the action of the Vice-Ministry of l of Employment, Social Dialogue and Labor Welfare, which has programmed a series of activities in all the provinces of the region, which include visits to workplaces that have implemented a series of good practices against MSDs, a “Joint Workshop on Health” and the dissemination of the “Take care of yourself to treat yourself better” campaign, aimed at the social sector and the health sector. Information about this and other events open to business and labor participation can be found on the Castilla-La Mancha Workplace Safety website.
The joint health workshop will be held in Ciudad Real and is aimed at all those people who wish to improve the state of their joints, both related to their work and to the activities of their daily life, with a particular interest in the type of work performed: repetitive movements, sitting position, work with overwork, etc. Staff experts in physical activity will provide participants, from a practical approach, with a series of guidelines that contribute to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. The activity, open to the participation of companies, professionals in the prevention of occupational risks and the active population of all sectors of activity, will take place on Wednesday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Delegation of the Junta de Comunidades of Castilla-La Mancha.

In Cuenca, the dissemination of the campaign “Take care of yourself to take better care”, aimed at the social and health sector of Cuenca, is planned. The action is scheduled for this Friday, October 28.

In Albacete, the planned activity is a visit to the facilities of the company Industrias Ángel Martínez López – La Piña- located in the town of La Roda, in order to know the preventive and organizational measures in the field of ergonomics, aimed at the freight handling by your staff.

MSDs are cumulative disorders resulting from repeated exposure to more or less heavy loads over a long period.

In Guadalajara, a visit is planned to the facilities of the Mercedes Benz Parts Logistics Ibérica company, located in the town of Azuqueca de Henares, to learn about the measures implemented in the field of ergonomics, which include the use of exoskeletons in jobs, as well as the implementation of weightlessness systems for the handling of loads.

Finally, in the province of Toledo, within the framework of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, a visit to the facilities of the company Amazon, located in the town of Illescas, is planned in order to know the measures preventive measures and organizational measures in the field of ergonomics, aimed at improving the conditions under which loads are handled by its personnel.

These disorders, which are also linked to the adoption of forced postures, mainly affect the back, neck or shoulders.These disorders, which are also linked to the adoption of forced postures, mainly affect the back, neck or shoulders. – Photo: Anna Bizon

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