Education & Training
All employers are obliged to educate and train their employees in safety, health, and welfare issues in the workplace including safe use of equipment and peripherals. Employees too have a duty to respond and co-operate with his or her employer as follows;
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Section 13 Duties of employee
- where safety and health training related to a particular task is required by the employer or by safety and health legislation, each employee is obliged to, attend and undergo, as appropriate, any reasonable assessment required by his or her employer or as may be prescribed in the regulations.
- take into account the training and instructions given by the employer; correctly use any article or substance and protective clothing and equipment provided for use at work for his or her protection.
Each employee’s workstation is evaluated for compliance with current health & safety legislation. Training and best practice advice on how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders is also provided. We look for hazards in the workplace for example an open drawer that may cause a knee injury, trailing cables that may cause trips or falls or overhead lighting that may be too harsh or cause eyestrain for the employee. We investigate all aspects of the office environment!
What are musculoskeletal disorders?
Musculoskeletal disorders MSDs are conditions that affect your body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, the vascular system and nerves. MSD is not a medical diagnosis but a term used to describe a range of injuries. Most work-related MSDs develop over time and are caused either by the work itself or by the employees’ working environment. Some examples of MSDs are as follows;
- Lower Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Muscle strains
- Tennis Elbow (Epicondylitis)
- Shoulder Pain (Shoulder Myalgia)
According to a report by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work 2007 ‘Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) remain the most common occupational disease in the European Union and workers in all sectors and occupations can be affected. MSDs are also an increasing problem and one of the most important causes of long-term sickness absences. Beside the effects on workers themselves, MSDs may lead to high costs to enterprises and society generally.