Musculoskeletal disorders is the main cause of occupational disease in European social services. That’s why the Social Employers participated in 2021, with EPSU, in the EU-OSHA “lighten the load” campaign aiming at preventing MSD’s risks.
On the occasion of a joint webinar, the Social Employers and EPSU drafted a fact sheet called “ Social Services: Musculoskeletal Disorders are preventable and manageable”. The EU agency now launches a campaign highlighting the links between MSDs and psychological risks that increase the risk of MSDs.
The key psychosocial factors having an impact on MSDs are :
- Excessive workloads
- Conflicting demands and lack of clarity over role
- Lack of involvement in making decisions that affect the worker and lack of influence over the way the job is done
- Poorly managed organisational change
- Job insecurity
- Ineffective communication
- Lack of support from management or colleagues
- Psychological and sexual harassment, third-party violence
- Low job satisfaction
EU OSHA invites to assess MSDs risks together with psychosocial risks, provides info sheets, powerpoint presentations, good practices and toolkits in a broad set of European languages.
All the multilingual campaign resources are available here.
Working on these two subjects can be an interesting starting point for improving working conditions in the social services sector.