The EU launches 'Lighten the load', a campaign to address the problem of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

MADRID,(EUROPA PRESS) La prevenci’n of disorders musculoesqueléticos (TME) in the áscope of work and reincorporaci’n of these workers to their positions with the help of the entrepreneurs are matters "priority" to the Uni’European union (EU), which has launched from Brussels campa&bath;to ‘Lighten the load’, by the that until march 2008 the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work commissioningá "take measures" against the problem of occupational health más common in Europe. S&number;n inform’ today in a press release the Commission’re European, this was the message expressed at the launch of this campa&bath;to the European commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimír Pidla, who said that addressing the TME is "a priority for the EU if we wish to create más and better jobs in Europe".

  "it Is a question of whether’re essential if european workers are to enjoy not s’work of better quality, but of a better quality of life and standards of living in más high. We can increase productivity and therefore prosperity in the EU if we managed to reduce the days lost by TME", recalc’. Disorders musculoesqueléticos are the health problem of work-más common in the EU, where 25% of workers complain of backache and 23% of muscle. Además, are the leading cause of absenteeism from work in právirtually all the member States. In some países, 40% of the costs of compensaci’n workers has its origin in the TME and accounted to 1.6% of gross domestic product (GDP) of the país. Espa&bath;close to one-third of the total number of occupational accidents registered with low méthat correspond to ailments dorsolumbares. Además, almost nine out of every 10 occupational diseases declared to behave da&bath;os musculoesqueléticos. INVOLVEMENT OF THE EMPLOYER IN THE REHABILITATION. The data más recent of the National Survey of Working Conditions, made this a&bath;or, show that four out of ten employees feel discomfort attributable to the work in the lumbar region, 27% in the upper part of the back, and an equal percentage in the neck and nape of the neck, 12% in the arms and 7% in mu&bath;rct. The main causes of TME are the manipulaci’n manual, tilt’n or torsi’re frequent of the back, the work físico heavy and the vibration’re all over the body. The risk of MSDS can increase with the pace of work, the lack of this figure’re professional, the high demands of the job and the estrés work. S&number;n the EC, many problems can’an be prevented or reduced if the entrepreneurs meet the applicable’n force in the field of safety and implement good prápractices. However, s&number;n the Commission’European union, to combat the TME "to adopt además measures especíatrophic", as the employers to "deal of the retenci’n, vocational rehabilitation’n and reincorporaci’re at work of workers with MSDS". ‘Lighten the load’ culminates with the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which is to celebrateá from 22 to 26 October 2007 and which includes a series of activities and events throughout Europe. The campa&bath;includes the concesi’n of the awards to the Best Prápractices, in recognition of the companies that have made contributions outstanding to address the problem of the TME. The winners will be announceán in the closing ceremony of the campa&bath;planned for march 2008.