Good musculoskeletal (MSK) health is integral to a full working life, and there's a clear link between MSK problems and mental health and wellbeing. This toolkit explains the issues and has practical guidance to promote MSK health in the workplace.
This is part of a suite of eight interconnected toolkits, produced by Business in the Community and Public Health England, to help every organisation support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of its employees. Each addresses a different aspect of workplace wellbeing, with a common thread of mental health running through them all. They’re freely available and designed to be relevant to employers across all sectors.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems such as back, shoulder and knee pain are the leading cause of workplace absence in the UK. This toolkit introduces MSK health and its importance in the workplace, including prevention of problems, rehabilitation, workplace adjustments, and the legal and HR issues surrounding them. It also addresses creating an open culture in which it the subject can be discussed. It includes case studies and links to further resources, and is divided into sections on different topics with built-in navigation and links between them, so you can follow it step by step or go straight to the sections you want to know more about.
Good physical health is closely linked to good mental health—and low physical activity and poor eating habits can undermine this. This toolkit has information and ideas to help employers take a positive approach to activity and diet.
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