Working with Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders: Good Practice Advice Report

Joanne O. Crawford, Evanthia Giagloglou, Alice Davis, Richard Graveling, Sarah Copsey, Anthony Woolf

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This report takes an in-depth look at working with chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and makes a clear case for the benefits of enabling those with chronic conditions to remain in work.

It highlights the importance of designing inclusive workplaces and sets out principles for managing chronic MSDs, with prevention, early intervention, and effective, participative rehabilitation and return-to-work planning being identified as key.

Good practice examples detail a wide range of workplace adjustments made to accommodate individuals with MSDs, from offering flexitime to providing the right tools and ergonomic equipment. This comprehensive practical advice is complemented by broader recommendations for policy-makers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
Number of pages138
ISBN (Electronic)9789294794413
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2021


  • health and safety
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • workplace health
  • work-related MSDs


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