The launch of the ‘Working Joints and Muscles Toolkit’ by Business in the Community (BITC) is sure to help employers in the UK address the musculoskeletal health problems of their employees more effectually.
The kit has been created with valuable inputs from organizations like Birds Eye, Centrica, HSE, Land Registry, Parcelforce and the Work Foundation. It has raised hopes of the inclusion of musculoskeletal health issues in the heath and safety policies of companies in a more effective manner.
Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common cause of ill heath among the British working class with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures for 2007-08 revealing that 8.8 million working days are lost per year as employees remain absent from work due to the same. This means more than one fourth of all working days lost due to work-related sickness are taken up by musculoskeletal ailments.
Research and case studies on musculoskeletal disorders are part of the toolkit. It includes programmes aimed at spreading awareness about keeping one’s musculoskeletal system healthy and the prevention of any related disease. It spells out a 12-point plan by which companies can structure and put into practice a practical and useful musculoskeletal health strategy.
Small and medium sized enterprises have also been advised on maintaining productivity in the face of any staff member suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. Rehabilitation and getting back to work of those affected also forms an important part of the kit.