Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. These disorders can be classified as work-related if the work environment and performance of work contribute significantly to the condition or if the condition is made worse or stays longer because of work conditions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor, “An MSD is a musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disorder where the event or exposure leading to the case is bodily reaction, overexertion, or repetitive motion.” This includes motions such as bending, climbing, crawling, reaching, or twisting. They are not typically from slips or falls.
At Safety Solutions & Supply, we know MSDs such as sprains, strains, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, or a hernia don’t make for a great work environment. That’s why we want to share some protective steps you can take for your employees. To be proactive, you can implement the three-tier hierarchy of controls.Continue reading