Expert panel survey among occupational health and safety professionals in Denmark for prevention and handling of musculoskeletal disorders at workplaces

Tidsskriftartikel - 2020

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Occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals have a key role in supporting the health and work ability of employees, including preventing and handling musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at workplaces. MSDs are the leading cause of work disability, productivity loss and sickness absence in Europe. This may be due to limited consensus on use of effective OHS practices as facilitation of evidence-based practices increases quality of provided services. This study explored consensus of OHS professionals’ practices and examined OHS professionals’ request for development of evidence-based guidelines for prevention and handling of MSDs at workplaces. This was done by 1) field observations and interviews with OHS professionals working with ergonomics or MSDs at workplaces, 2) development and pilot testing of a panel survey, 3) a three-round expert panel survey and 4) workshop with OHS stakeholders within the OHS organisations in Denmark. The findings indicate limited consensus of OHS practices and a request for development of practice- and evidence-based guidelines for prevention and handling of work-related MSDs in Denmark. The study also presents an end user involving process for increased uptake and implementation of guidelines.

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Svendsen MJ, Schmidt KG, Holtermann A, Rasmussen CDN. Expert panel survey among occupational health and safety professionals in Denmark for prevention and handling of musculoskeletal disorders at workplaces. Safety Science 2020;131:104932.
doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2020.104932

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