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Healthy Workplaces –Lighten the Load

European Safety Campaign ‘Lighten the Load’ is focusing on the prevention and management of work related musculoskeletal disorders

Published: 19 October 2020

Nick Parkinson, Head of Function, NHSF, introduces this campaign for the HSE. Subtitles are available for this video via YouTube, click here to watch this clip on YouTube.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect millions of workers in Europe and the businesses they work in. Prevention and early intervention measures can reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and lead to real savings for businesses, as well as national healthcare and social welfare systems.

In 2019, approx. 30% of accidents reported to the Health & Safety Authority for health and social work were injuries related to manual handling.   MSDs can affect us at any stage and can greatly impact on both our personal and professional lives.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many HSE workers are now working from home. This can take a toll on our physical (including prolonged sitting) and mental health. The new MSD database of practical tools and guidance makes it easy to assess and manage many MSD risks, including from telework. It contains links to resources from all across Europe: publications, case studies, guidance, practical tools, audio-visual materials.

Risk assessment

Risk assessment is essential for successful prevention.  Click here for HSE Safety Statements and Risk Assessments

Safety webinars:

The Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit are supporting this campaign through a series of webinars and safety initiatives for the HSE including;

  • Safety advice and support for remote working
  • Safety advice and support for manual handling tasks

Details on how to book for the webinars will be published in November.

How you can get involved: