Who has to be involved?
It is essential that everyone works together to prevent MSDs in the workplace. Collaboration between employers, managers and workers creates a common understanding of the issue and leads to lasting improvements.
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that workplace risks are properly assessed and controlled, and must acknowledge the need to take the lead on a preventive approach to tackling MSDs. Effective risk assessment and prevention require employers to keep themselves and their workers well informed and trained.
It is important to encourage workers to talk openly and as early as possible about MSDs. If workers feel comfortable discussing their physical health, they are more likely to look after themselves and seek early support and treatment.
This campaign is not only about increasing awareness of work-related MSDs and their negative impact on individuals, businesses and society, but also aims to promote working together to ensure that effective preventive measures are taken to tackle MSDs.