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Musculoskeletal disorders

Comcare offers a range of tools and resources to help organisations reduce the risk of workers developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

What are musculoskeletal disorders?

A musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is an injury, or a disease of, the musculoskeletal system. MSDs can occur suddenly or over time. They can often result from:

  • lifting or handling objects
  • muscular load
  • repetitive movement.

During our lifetime we can experience aches and pains, back conditions or muscle strains. Some of these may result from our work practices. 

What causes MSDs?

A variety of workplace hazards exist that can lead to workers developing a MSD. These can be both physical and psychosocial in nature.

Physical factors

Physical factors include:

  • force
  • vibration
  • posture
  • repetition.

Psychosocial factors

Psychosocial factors may include:

  • Organisational—high workloads, poor leadership and support, low job control, poor change management.
  • Relationships―poor relationship with the supervisor, poor relationship with the team, poor reward and recognition.

How can a MSD be prevented?

MSDs can be prevented if the risks are managed and workers are educated. Comcare offers a range of tools to help you identify and manage workplace hazards.

Tools to identify workplace hazards:

Resources to identify and manage specific hazards:

Use relevant resources in your workplace to support your workers and manage the risks.

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Page last updated: 07 May 2015