Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are associated with not only physical risks, but also psychosocial risk factors, such as job insecurity and low social support. A new discussion paper investigates the effect of psychosocial risks on returning to work with an MSD.
It concludes that the important factors for a successful return to work include holistic risk assessment of physical and psychosocial risks, a planned return-to-work programme, involving the worker in the process, and a positive and supportive working environment. The paper sets out the principles of good practice and is illustrated with examples from different sectors.
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