Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common of workplace compensation claims. ISCRR research has aimed to develop new ways to prevent, report, and investigate musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

Workplace barriers to reducing the incidence of musculoskeletal and mental health disorders Research Report

Prevention of workplace musculoskeletal and mental disorders requires multi-level approaches to address the variety of causes and barriers to prevention of both physical and psychological injuries. There is strong evidence of psychological and mental health issues impacting the rate of musculoskeletal disorders. This project surveyed 150 employees at various levels across 19 Victorian organisations to understand the causes of musculoskeletal and mental health injury, barriers to prevention and the current strategies in place aimed at prevention. The research found that the causes of injury and the barriers to prevention were varied and included factors at the individual, task, physical environment, psychological/organisational and external levels.

Authors: Oakman, J; Kinsman, N; Macdonald, W; Bartram, T; Keegel, T; Leka, S

Keywords: occupational health and safety; OHS; workplace safety; mental health; musculoskeletal injury

Date published: July 2016

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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders: A framework for reporting and investigation Presentation

This presentation provides an overview of the development of the framework that describes the systems and processes that organisations need to implement to learn from reports and investigations into work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Authors: Goode, N; Salmon, P; Newnam, S; Dekker, S; Stevens, E; van Mulken, M

Keywords: occupational health and safety; OHS; workplace injury; musculoskeletal injury

Date published: February 2016

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Learning the lessons from work-related musculoskeletal disorders: A framework for reporting and investigation Research Report

Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders are relatively common however preventing them requires a more thorough understanding of the contributing factors. This study produced a practical framework for use by employers to evaluate their own incident reporting and investigation systems, and identify opportunities for improving practices.

Authors: Goode, N; Salmon, P; Newnam, S; Dekker, S; Stevens, E; van Mulken, M

Keywords: occupational health and safety; OHS; workplace injury; musculoskeletal injury

Date published: February 2016

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Investigation of MSD toolkit risk and hazard measures in relation to claim rates and other indicators Research Report

This study examined if the stages of change behaviour model was useful for differentiating between organisations with different claims rates relating to musculoskeletal injury and disorder, looking specifically at the aged care sector. The results identified that including the stages of change model within the risk survey could assist in targeting interventions for employers more appropriately, leading to more effective results in the risk management of musculoskeletal injury.

Authors: Oakman, J

Keywords: workplace risk; workplace injury; musculoskeletal injury

Date published: April 2014

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Prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: Development of a toolkit for workplace users. Research Report

The overall objective of this report is to document a project aimed at reducing the incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders by implementing a ‘toolkit’ designed to support more effective risk control as part of routine risk management procedures in three health-care organisations with high levels of musculoskeletal disorder claims.

Authors: Oakman, J; Macdonald, W

Keywords: musculoskeletal injury; workplace injury

Date published: May 2012

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