What are Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders?
Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are gradually developed pains caused by the overuse of muscles, tendons, and nerves, usually by means of completing a repetitive motion regularly.
Frequently, pain develops in one or more of the following areas: hands, wrists, elbows, neck, shoulders, legs, hips, ankles, feet, and back.
Although preventable, WMSDs are one of the largest categories of workplace injuries.
Examples of WMSDs include: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and trigger finger.
You are at risk to develop a WMSD if your job entails:
• Forceful exertions
• Repetitive/sustained awkward postures
• Static muscular work
• Repetition and invariability of work
WMSDs can be prevented by:
If possible, complete different tasks throughout the day to engage different muscle groups. This allows your already strained muscles time to recover.
Ensure that workplaces and equipment and/or tools within it are customizable to the worker. Chairs, operator seats, and other equipment should be selected to accommodate the worker’s body size and shape.
Tool & Equipment Design
Reduce muscular effort by ensuring that the selected tools are the right fit for the worker.
Use Good Work Practices
Put work practices in place to eliminate unnecessary motions to reduce strain.