The Healthy and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently focusing on its Go Home Healthy campaign. This campaign has been developed to raise awareness of the risks to health that workers across many industries in the UK face on a daily basis. Their focus is to get each and every trades-person home in a fit and healthy state at the end of every single day.
9 million working days are lost each year leading to a total loss to the UK economy of £2 billion in the UK because of Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSD’s. The MSD’s cover all types of injury and pain which affects backs, joints and limbs which not only disrupts working life, but the overall quality of life of those with MSD’s.
Common causes of MSD’s vary from manual handling, such as the lifting, lowering, pushing and pulling or carrying of objects, to disorders caused by Display Screen Equipment being set up incorrectly for individual workers.
It is currently estimated that 507,000 workers in the UK suffer from work related MSD’s, which includes new or long-standing disorders.
The best way to prevent injuries which may lead on to Musculoskeletal Disorders is to carry out an effective risk assessment. Generic risk assessments are readily available, but THSP has gone even further with the development of the award-winning Risk Assessment Builder (RAB). This enables a completely tailored risk assessment to be created for each project. Free with all Business Safe contracts, the RAB is also available as a stand-alone product and offers a 21-day free trial.
The breakdown of MSD’s in the UK is summarised as the following:
- 84,000 lower limb disorders – 17%
- 194,000 back disorders – 38%
- 229,000 upper limb or neck disorders – 45%
So what can you do to help? The first step is quite simple – help spread awareness to everyone within the industry. The HSE is running their campaign through twitter; #WorkRight, and on Facebook; Go Home Healthy. They also offer a downloadable campaign pack to help everyone get involved. THSP Risk Management offers free downloadable posters to display and raise awareness, covering manual handling, workstation assessments and many others, available to download here.
For further information on THSP’s Risk Assessment Builder and to discuss Health and Safety services, please call THSP Risk Management on 03456 122 144, or visit www.THSP.co.uk.