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Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers


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.

The full suite consists of:

  1. Mental health toolkit for employers
  2. Reducing the risk of suicide: a toolkit for employers
  3. Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention toolkit for employers”
  4. Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers
  5. Physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight: a toolkit for employers
  6. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco: a toolkit for employers
  7. Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers
  8. Domestic abuse: a toolkit for employers

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.

You can also download a self-assessment toolkit, in Excel spreadsheet format, to gauge your organisation’s progress in implementing the measures recommended across several of the Business in the Community / Public Health England toolkits.

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