Musculoskeletal disorder strategy launched

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SafeWork NSW has today launched Musculoskeletal Disorder Strategy was launched today to reinforce the NSW Government’s commitment to helping workers and business reduce the number and severity of serious work-related injuries.

SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy said hazardous manual tasks were the most common cause of injury in NSW workplaces, accounting for 29 percent of all injuries.

“With thousands of workers affected each year, musculoskeletal injuries and related illnesses have a significant impact,” said Mr. Dunphy.

The Strategy highlights the impact of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace and identifies approaches to reduce their incidence and severity. It will focus on industries and occupations at the greatest risk of musculoskeletal disorders, including the supermarket and grocery store sector, state and local government, storepersons, health care and social assistance workers to develop innovative ways to eliminate musculoskeletal injury risks.

“Serious musculoskeletal injuries can occur when a worker performs the same movement repeatedly, works in a sustained or awkward posture or uses high or sudden force to handle objects,” said Mr. Dunphy.

“These injuries can be painful and have long-term and often costly impacts on businesses and their workers.”

SafeWork also encourages the use of the PErforM (Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks) program, which is a simple hazardous manual task risk management system, internationally recommended for the reduction of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. SafeWork offers free workshops and practical resources for workers and trainers to implement the program in the workplace.

More information about musculoskeletal disorders and the PErforM workshops is available on http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/health-and-safety/safety-topics-a-z/manual-tasks

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