Musculoskeletal Disorders: Workplace Safety
National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month – the annual observance to help keep each other safe from the workplace to any place. We are excited to join the National Safety Council in observing this important initiative. The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate. They also focus on eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
This week we will discuss Musculoskeletal Disorders which are a leading cause of workplace injury and cost billions each year in workers’ compensation and lost productivity. MSDs are also commonly known as ergonomic injuries. They are complex ailments resulting from exposure to repetitive movements, awkward or static postures, and forceful exertions.
Additionally, Musculoskeletal Disorders are pervasive. For instance, these injuries may include rotator cuff tears, back strains, and carpal tunnel syndrome., and are the most common causes of disability and early retirement among workers.
According to the National Safety Council, MSD injuries contribute to and are worsened by psychological distress in the workplace. Moreover, work-related stress, brought on by such conditions as a heavy workload or inconsistent schedule, can cause workers to physically tense up or lose focus on the job, increasing the likelihood of injury. Therefore, committing to MSD risk reduction is a commitment to both the physical and mental health of your workforce.
The National Safety Council provides free resources to help employers assess MSD risks and prevent injuries. Learn more here. Overall, understanding the facts and scope of these injuries can assist you in recognizing risk factors in your environment – ultimately helping to prevent injuries for yourself and others.
ABR Safety Tip for Musculoskeletal Disorders: Keep Correct Posture
To conclude, we will leave you with an ABR safety tip! The saying “lift with your legs—not your back,” has been around a while, but keeping correct posture also refers to desk work. Good ergonomics and posture will help you avoid back problems and carpal tunnel. If you do have to lift, keep your back straight and lift with your legs.
Dave Unmacht, Senior Risk Specialist at ABR Employment Services, closely monitors and updates ABR staff on safe workplace operations. As your manufacturing workforce solutions partner, we have a dual responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all worksite employees, temporary and permanent staff alike. If you have any questions, please contact your ABR Representative.