Musculoskeletal Disorders

What are musculoskeletal disorders?

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries or pain in the human musculoskeletal system, including the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and structures that support the neck, back and limbs. The most common and disabling musculoskeletal conditions are osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, fractures associated with bone fragility, injuries and systematic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the causes for musculoskeletal disorders?

How can businesses help their employees?

As an employer, you must protect your workers form risk of injury from hazardous manual handling in the workplace. Manual handling means transporting or supporting a load by hand of bodily force. It includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads. The law sets out how employers must deal with risks from manual handling. These include, avoiding hazardous manual handling, as far as is reasonably practicable, assessing the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided and reducing the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling to as low as reasonably practicable.

As an employer, you must also protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. The law applies if users are at a fixed workstation, mobile workers, home workers and hot-desking. Employers must carry out a DSE workstation assessment, reduce risks, provide an eye test if a worker asks for one and provide training and information for workers.

How can Havio help?

We are proud to offer something different when it comes to classroom based training. Our courses are made bespoke to each client with an emphasis on fun and engagement to ensure the most is made from the experience with our team of trainers. Our sessions are filled with useful practical exercises and real-life case studies to help focus on key areas needed and the ongoing application within the workplace. Whether the purpose of the training is to raise awareness or give employees the ability to carry out tasks, we can make the session informative by introducing practical and relevant application during our sessions.

Havio offer a range of classroom training including manual handling and DSE train the trainer. Our training lasts 4-8 hours depending on content which is bespoke to each client. The sessions can be delivered at your workplace or at a number of locations across London and the South.

Havio also offer a range of eLearning courses which include manual handling, DSE training and DSE assessments. These modules take on average, 30 minutes to complete. The modules are emailed to each candidate to complete in their own time offering a certificate at the end.


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