Information about the Work Programme "Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)" of the Joint German Occupational Safety and Health Strategy
"Prävention macht stark – auch Deinen Rücken" (Literally: "Prevention makes us strong – including our back!") is the title of the work programme on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) aimed at employees, employers and managers as well as multipliers such as safety specialists, occupational physicians and workers representatives.
Illnesses and disorders of the locomotor apparatus number amongst the most frequent health problems and are one of the main causes of incapacity to work. Almost a quarter of all working days lost in this way are the result of musculoskeletal disorders. Companies and social insurance providers face a high financial burden as a result of working days lost and the cost of treatment. And the employees concerned suffer considerable pain.
The aim of the MSD work programme is to reduce work-related health risks and musculoskeletal disorders, with a main focus on activities with the greatest risk of MSDs such as lifting and carrying heavy loads, repetitive procedures or work involving little movement.
Overview of the work programme
Prevention culture and health skills
The work programme focuses on two approaches for effectively reducing MSDs: the development of a prevention culture in companies – i.e. the design of optimized workplaces; and health skills – i.e. the promotion of appropriate behaviour on the part of employees.
In a bid to strengthen this prevention culture, the work programme helps to ensure that
At the same time more employees should benefit from company-supported MSD prevention measures in order to improve their health skills.