It’s almost that time of the year again, time for RoSPA’s annual #OSHtober campaign. Each year we focus on a specific topic which highlights the devastating impacts that workplace accidents and ill health have.
This year #OSHtober will raise awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) and the effects poor manual handling practice has on the workforce.
Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s occupational safety and health policy adviser, said: “Accounting for 41 per cent of all work-related ill health cases, and 34 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health, we need to be effectively tackling the root causes of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and encouraging employers to adopt a whole-person approach to prevention, towards sustainable working lives, because these types of accidents don’t have to happen.”
We’re also lucky enough to have two organisations supporting us in the form of Butcher’s Pet Care and Abingdon & Witney College. Both of these organisations have shown their commitment to manual handling safety by undertaken RoSPA courses and using their knowledge to make a difference to people’s health.
Throughout the month we will be sharing tips, facts and statistics about manual handling across our social media channels, a webpage featuring a free e-book and infographics, as well as hosting Twitter competitions with the chance to win a free manual handling course – just follow @RoSPAWorkplace for more information and to help spread the word.