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Lighten the Load: a European campaign on musculoskeletal disorders

Sheila Pantry OBE
July 2007

The European campaign "Lighten the Load" aims to promote an integrated management approach to tackle musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) embracing prevention of MSDs, and the retention, rehabilitation and reintegration of workers who already suffer from MSDs. Run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the Lighten the load campaign involves employers, workers, workers' safety representatives, practitioners, preventive services, policy makers and other stakeholders in improving MSD prevention at workplace level. The campaign culminates in the European Week of Safety and Health at Work from 22 to 26 October 2007, and is an opportunity to make Europe's workplaces safer and healthier. You can find out more about the campaign and the multilingual information packs, factsheets and information sheets with handy tips to help you organise and manage activities and other useful resources by visiting

You can find even more information by looking at the quality guidance produced by organisations and government bodies from around the world. These pieces of guidance really do help OSH directors and managers obtain further information on how other organisations have succeeded in lightening the load. So to find out more why not use some of the reliable sources in collections of validated and authoritative information such as FIREINF, OSH UPDATE and IRISH OSH UPDATE. These collections are continuously enlarged as new information is published.

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This month's OSHWORLD FOCUS is on the Increasing Awareness and Knowledge of Occupational Cancer which describes the Workshop organized by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) together with the EuroWorksafe project and consisted of presentations by 9 invited experts. It was attended by 48 participants from 7 different countries (Finland, UK, Italy, France, Poland, Bulgaria and Denmark). The invited experts were asked to provide an overview of relevant studies on occupational cancer burden or to focus on methods and tools that had been used to improve the knowledge on work-related cancer.

The OSHWORLD Diary of Events continues to show the many courses, conferences and seminars are being held around the world to enable people to keep up to date with the developments. Any new items carry the tag NEW! Remember that some major events are being planned now well in 2008.

Training needs should be constantly updated. It is essential that everyone is trained to do their job correctly. Keep up-to-date to see what is happening worldwide by clicking regularly on

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We hope that you find the information in OSHWORLD useful in your daily work. Globally there are continually new titles, news items, new products so remember to look at the News to find the latest information from a number of worldwide sources.

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