Safety Services


Ergonomics & Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are degenerative diseases and inflammatory conditions that cause pain and impair normal activities. MSDs may be caused or aggravated by the work a person does.

This toolkit will help those undertaking or managing the risks associated with a range of work-related activities, which may cause or exacerbate MSDs if not adequately managed.

MSDs are often associated with the following work activities

and further information is in the topic-specific toolkit.

This toolkit contains information relating to

Further general information is available on the HSE's MSD website.