Unión de Mutuas and INVASSAT promote joint work to prevent musculoskeletal disorders

Unión de Mutuas and INVASSAT promote joint work between employers and workers to prevent musculoskeletal disorders

  • The director of INVASSATElvira Ródena, emphasizes that MSDs can be prevented and managed through an integrated approach and a culture of prevention in which companies and workers participate.
  • 38% of occupational accidents in Castellón are due to physical overwork and 36% in the Valencian Community.
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the main work-related health problem and one of the leading causes of absenteeism.

During the conference held on October 28 in Castellón, Mutual with him INVASSATthe Provincial Council of Castellón and the Provincial Council of Valenciadiscussed the work-related risk factors that influence musculoskeletal disorders as well as good health practices related to MSDs and the well-being of workers.

During his speech, the Director General of INVASSAT, Elvira Ródenas, pointed out that MSDs are one of the most common causes of disability and work stoppage in Europe and Spain, affecting workers in all sectors and professions, which have a significant impact on the quality of life of people, inside and outside work, in addition to a significant economic impact on companies, but also on health services and resources. Have a significant gender bias, primarily affecting women.

Considering the multiple negative impacts caused by MSDs on people, companies and society, Ródenas underlined the legal responsibility of companies to adopt effective preventive health and safety measures in the workplace, because “MSDs can be prevented and managed thanks to an integrated approach and a culture of prevention in which they must participate employers and workers”.

For the director of INVASSAT, this joint work to deal with MSDs. “We must continue to focus on the well-being of workers, guaranteeing the control and assessment of risks, assuming a preventive approach to these disorders that allows us to offer adequate solutions to each need and to be able to act at an early stage, before the problem arises.

For her part, the Head of the Prevention Service of the territorial center of the INVASSAT of Castellón, Marta Debón, detailed that in the Valencian Community the accidents at work due to overwork Physical exercises on the musculoskeletal system represent the 36% accidents at work, Castellon 38%, in Valencia 25% and in Alicante 30%.

With regard to occupational diseases, in the area of ​​​​the Valencian administration, the most important are caused by forced postures and repetitive movements, affecting the hand-wrist in a greater proportion, in 59%, followed by the elbow and of the forearm in 18%. .

Sharing experiences of good practices

Also in the day they participated the Provincial Council of Valencia and the Provincial Council of Castellónas companies associated with Unión de Mutuas, and have addressed the implementation of good practices in their respective institutions in order to reinforce a healthy culture and reduce the incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

The head of the human resources department of the Provincial Council of Valencia, Manuel Olmo, has highlighted early intervention with the application of preventive measures as a fundamental issue so that MSDs do not become chronic, for which all people on the workplace must participate in the identification of risks and in the identification of the means of preventing them.

For his part, the head of prevention of the Provincial Council of Castellón, Óscar Monterde, stressed the importance of having policies with a global vision of well-being and acting in the conditions and organization of work.

The celebration of the day is part of the European Week for Safety at Work, #SemanaEuropeaRESST, which, with the central theme “Healthy workplaces: let’s release the burdens”, promotes the European Agency for Safety and health at work EU-OSHA , with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of active and participatory management of safety and health at work.

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