Musculoskeletal Health in The Workplace - Learning from and supporting Employers
PHE ePoster Library. Esmene S. Sep 12, 2017; 186519; 31
Dr. Shukru Esmene
Dr. Shukru Esmene
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Abstract 31 million work days were lost to poor musculoskeletal (MSK) health in 2015 (ONS). This study has assembled a toolkit of good practice to assist employers in adopting a positive whole person, whole system response to MSK risks and problems - as well as recognising links to mental health. The Business in the Community MSK Toolkit was developed in association with PHE and supported by ARMA. A suite of methods was used to identify actions in the workplace that impact MSK health positively - including actions that improve employer-employee communication. Firstly, a literature search was conducted for studies that evidenced an improvement in employees' musculoskeletal health. Secondly, telephone interviews were conducted with employers recognised for making positive steps relating to MSK health in the workplace. Additionally, employees in organisations commended for wellbeing programmes took part in a series of focus groups.The study outcomes focused on managing musculoskeletal health through interventions which had delivered the most benefit. These results were used to deliver a toolkit for building best practice approaches appropriate for small or large employers and their specific context; and make the economic case for action. Case studies containing practical examples and advice from those who have taken positive actions were included, identifying barriers and facilitators. Employers can do much to protect and manage the MSK health of employees but it is the employees' role through the adoption of good practice, both inside and outside of the workplace, which is a key mechanism to the success of such workplace actions. External funding details Development of the Employer MSK Toolkit was funded by PHE. Background research was supported by Cornwall Arthritis Trust.
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