We are a Venezuelan company founded in 1992 in Guatire, Venezuela, with the purpose of manufacturing safety, protective and work footwear.
Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders
Statistics from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) indicate that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common occupational diseases affecting millions of workers across Europe and around the world. This disease can affect the daily development of the worker and cause important expenditures to the entrepreneurs.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, joints, cartilages, bones or blood vessels of the arms, legs, head, neck, or back that are produced or Aggravated by labor tasks such as lifting, pushing or pulling objects. Symptoms may include pain, stiffness, swelling, numbness and tingling (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)).
To effectively address and prevent MSDs at work, physical causes and organizational risk factors must be known. The EU-OSHA explains that there is normally not a single cause of TME, but several factors work together, some of which are mentioned below:
There is increasing evidence linking musculoskeletal disorders with psychosocial risk factors (especially combined with physical risks), including:
Prevention is essential to prevent MSDs among workers. In most cases professional advice is needed to effectively minimize the risk of TME, however, EU-OSHA indicates the following recommendations for prevention:
If there are already cases of employees with MSDs, management approaches should be considered where there is health surveillance and promotion, rehabilitation and reintegration of workers.