Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in workers: classification and health surveillance

The underlying purpose of this commentary and position paper is to achieve evidence-based recommendations on prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Such prevention can take different forms (primary, secondary and tertiary), occur at different levels (i.e. in a clinical setting, at the workplace, at national level) and involve several types of activities. Members of the Scientific Committee (SC) on MSDs of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and other interested scientists and members of the public recently discussed the scientific and clinical future of prevention of (work-related) MSDs during five round-table sessions at two ICOH conferences (in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2009, and in Angers, France, in 2010). Approximately 50 researchers participated in each of the sessions. More specifically, the sessions aimed to discuss new developments since 1996 in measures and classification systems used both in research and in practice, and agree on future needs in the field.

Source : Hagberg, M.; Violante, F.; Bonfiglioli, R.; Descatha, A.; Gold, J.; Evanoff, B.; Sluiter, J. Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in workers: classification and health surveillance – statements of  the Scientific Committee on Musculoskeletal Disorders of the International Commission on Occupational Health. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012, 13:109. http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2474-13-109.pdf

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