28th of April: Annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Official poster, highlighting the importance of data collection to ensure safety at work

This coming Friday, 28th of April marks the 14th annual celebration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, powered by the International Labour Organisation. The objective of this day is to promote the prevention of work-related accidents and diseases on a global scale.

“It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.” - International Labour Organisation (ILO)[1] Key stakeholders around the world take part in activities to help ignite the conversation surrounding improving preventive measures in the work-place. National authorities, trade unions, employers' organisations and safety and health practitioners have been encouraged by the ILO to recognise their role and responsibility in promoting safe practices in the work-place. Every year the world day focuses its efforts on bringing awareness to a specific Read more

Correct posture and musculoskeletal diseases

Raise awareness about the correct posture in the workplace

The holiday season has come and gone. For the majority of mortals this means back to work!

The average person spends a third of his life at work and it is of the utmost importance to understand the serious health repercussions that can be caused due to sitting in incorrect postures for prolonged periods of time. Musculoskeletal diseases, also known as MSDs, greatly effects our society as complications can lead to high amounts of absenteeism in the work place.

There are over 150 types of musculoskeletal diseases and syndromes, although those that currently have the largest effect on our workforce and society in general are: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, low back pain, and limb trauma[1]. According to the European Health Commission, “typically around 50% of the population report musculoskeletal pain at one or more sites for at least one week in the last month. Population surveys show that back pain is the most common site of regional pain in younger and middle aged adults, and knee pain in older people.”[2] Of the millions of people suffering from muscular and joint pain, Read more