Lighten the Load: a European campaign on musculoskeletal disorders
Sheila Pantry OBE
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 https://osha.europa.eu/en/themes/musculoskeletal-disorders
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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.
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