Online Training to Prevent Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Welcome to our online training course dedicated to preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are a common concern across various industries worldwide. In this comprehensive guide, we'll provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, assess, and control the risks associated with work-related MSDs. We'll focus on key topics such as work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs), manual handling, hazards and controls for load-handling aids and equipment, requirements for lifting operations, and periodic inspection and examination/testing of lifting equipment.


$20 *Payable for digital course completion certificate

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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders pose significant risks to workers' health, productivity, and quality of life. However, by implementing the strategies outlined in this training course, individuals and organizations can effectively mitigate these risks and create safer, healthier workplaces for everyone. Whether you're an employee looking to protect yourself from injury or a manager seeking to improve workplace safety practices, this guide will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to succeed. Enroll now to empower yourself and your colleagues with the skills necessary to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders and promote overall well-being in the workplace.

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a course completion certificate.

About the training program

By completing this training course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect yourself and others from the risks of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Whether you're an employee, supervisor, or safety professional, this guide will empower you to create safer work environments, reduce injuries, and enhance overall well-being. Enroll now to take the first step towards a healthier, safer workplace for everyone.

Section 1: Understanding Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs)
This section delves into the nature and causes of WRULDs, including conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and repetitive strain injuries. Learn to recognize early signs and symptoms of WRULDs, understand ergonomic factors contributing to their development, and explore effective strategies for prevention and management.

Section 2: Mastering Manual Handling Techniques Learn practical guidance on safe lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling techniques. Understand the importance of proper posture, team lifting, and the use of mechanical aids to reduce strain on your body.

Section 3: Hazards and Controls for Load-Handling Aids and Equipment Examine common hazards associated with load-handling aids and equipment such as forklifts, cranes, and hoists. Gain insights into risk assessment, safe operating procedures, maintenance requirements, and the importance of operator training.

Section 4: Requirements for Lifting Operations
Explore legal requirements and regulations governing lifting operations to ensure worker and public safety. Learn about risk assessment, lifting plans, competent persons, and the role of regulatory bodies in enforcing compliance.

Section 5: Periodic Inspection and Examination/Testing of Lifting Equipment
Understand the importance of regular inspection, examination, and testing of lifting equipment to identify potential defects or wear and tear. Learn about legal obligations, frequency of inspections, documentation requirements, and the role of competent inspectors.

Why should I join this course?

This course offers essential knowledge and skills to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and foster a safer, healthier work environment. Here's why you should join:

  • Protect Your Health: Learn to spot ergonomic risks and apply preventive measures, safeguarding your well-being while on the job.
  • Enhance Safety Awareness: Deepen your understanding of workplace hazards and safety protocols, empowering you to create a secure work environment for yourself and your peers.
  • Improve Productivity: By averting injuries and advocating for ergonomic practices, you'll experience less discomfort, heightened efficiency, and improved productivity in your tasks.
  • Advance Your Career: Showcase your commitment to workplace safety and health, augmenting your professional profile and opening avenues for career growth.
  • Promote Positive Work Culture: By championing safety and well-being, you contribute to a workplace culture where everyone feels valued, supported, and empowered.
  • Social Responsibility: Contribute to a workplace ethos that prioritizes employee well-being and safety, demonstrating your dedication to ethical business practices.
  • Flexibility and Convenience: Embrace the flexibility of online learning, allowing you to learn at your own pace, seamlessly integrating the course into your busy schedule.

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Learning outcomes:

Upon completing the course, participants will possess the knowledge, skills, and tools to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders, create safer workspaces, and promote health and well-being. Key outcomes include:

  • Comprehensive Understanding: Gain insight into work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including their causes, risk factors, and common types.
  • Identifying Hazards: Learn to spot ergonomic risks in the workplace, such as poor posture, repetitive tasks, and incorrect lifting methods, which contribute to the development of work-related MSDs.
  • Practical Skills: Acquire hands-on skills and techniques to prevent WRMSDs, including proper manual handling techniques, ergonomic workstation setup, and effective risk management strategies.
  • Safe Practices: Master safe lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling techniques to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and uphold workplace safety.
  • Regulatory Knowledge: Understand relevant regulations and legal requirements concerning musculoskeletal health and safety in the workplace, ensuring compliance and adherence to best practices.
  • Risk Management: Learn how to conduct ergonomic risk assessments, identify potential hazards, and implement control measures to mitigate risks and prevent injuries.

Course syllabus:

Work-related upper limb disorders
  • Meaning of musculoskeletal disorders and work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs)
  • Possible ill-health conditions from poorly designed tasks and workstations
  • Avoiding/minimising risks from poorly designed tasks and workstations by considering:
    • task (including repetitive, strenuous)
    • environment (including lighting, glare)
    • equipment (including user requirements, adjustability, matching the workplace to individual needs of workers).
Manual handling
  • Common types of manual handling injury
  • Good handling technique for manually lifting loads
  • Avoiding/minimising manual handling risks by considering the task, the individual, the load and the working environment.
Load-handling equipment
  • Hazards and controls for common types of load-handling aids and equipment: sack trucks and trolleys; pallet trucks; people-handling aids; fork-lift trucks; lifts; hoists for loads and people; conveyors and cranes
  • Requirements for lifting operations:
    • strong, stable and suitable equipment
    • positioned and installed correctly
    • visibly marked with safe working load
    • lifting operations are planned, supervised and carried out in safe manner by competent persons
    • special requirements for lifting equipment used for lifting people
  • Periodic inspection and examination/testing of lifting equipment