Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) collectively cover any injury, damage or disorder of the joints, the upper or lower limbs, and the back*. MSDs remain one of the most common causes of occupational ill-health and account for around 44% of all workplace absence**.
Musculoskeletal occupational health is a highly cost-effective way of preventing and managing work-related MSDs and is proven to:
- Retain the employee at work
- Decrease sickness absence
- Increase return to work
- Reduce the cost of sickness absence
- Reduce injury claims
- Create future business savings through workplace adjustments
BHSF Occupational Health is experienced in the prevention and management of MSDs through a five stage approach:
- Early intervention
- Functional capacity evaluation
- Job demand analysis
- Functional restoration programme
Early intervention is key to reducing workplace absence, restricted working and injury claims.
On reporting of an employee issue, BHSF Occupational Health will assess the condition and implement an immediate programme of rehabilitation.
BHSF Occupational Health adopts a 'bio-psychosocial' model of care. The emphasis is on educating the employee so that they understand and can actively self-manage their condition.
Rehabilitation services are most cost-effectively delivered on-site at the employee's workplace, alongside an audit of the employee's work tasks. BHSF Occupational Health works to standardised processes to ensure the best possible clinical outcomes for the employee.
Where on-site delivery is not possible, BHSF Occupational Health operates a national network of physiotherapists, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, who can deliver high-quality clinical assessments and reporting.
Functional capacity evaluation
Our functional capacity evaluation (FCE) comprises of a set of tools which measure an employee's ability to perform workplace tasks. An FCE assesses an employee's fitness to work following long-term sickness absence. It can help identify specific needs and objectively define appropriate workplace adjustments.
Job demand analysis
BHSF Occupational Health's musculoskeletal team can assess and measure job tasks within the workplace to determine the risk of injury. By matching the job demand data against the functional capacity evaluation, we can determine whether an employee is able to perform their role.
Functional restoration programme
Our functional restoration programme is proven to improve employee health, both physically and psychologically, for those employees who have been on long-term sickness absence due to musculoskeletal injury. It can also help to combat the musculoskeletal issues associated with an ageing workforce.
Typically, we implement a six week restoration programme with weekly interventions. By adopting a bio-psychosocial model, BHSF Occupational Health can help employees deal with psychological issues such as fear avoidance and why chronic pain exists, as well as addressing the physical issues.
*Health and Safety Executive, 2016
**Work-related Disorder (WRMSDs) Statistics, Great Britain, 2015, Health and Safety Executive.
Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
BHSF Occupational Health provides online DSE assessments and Level 2 medical assessments. Our philosophy is to provide best practice and best value solutions, and our DSE service includes advice on health and wellbeing, and active working strategies. BHSF Occupational Health also provides training courses to enable you to have your own in-house assessors.
For many employees, the car is their workplace. Our assessments assist employees to sit as comfortably as possible within their vehicle, and include advice on good driving practice, the manual handling of loads into and out of the vehicle, and sound health and wellbeing advice.
Manual handling training
The evidence strongly suggests that traditional manual handling training does not work. Good quality training needs to be on-site and on-the-job. BHSF Occupational Health provides training for companies that want an effective hands-on and real-world approach to manual handling training. Classroom time is kept to a minimum, and the training focuses on the employee's actual job.
We also supply trainer training for companies that wish to train up their own in-house manual handling trainer champions.
Training on HSE compliant ergonomic tools
BHSF Occupational Health provides training on HSE risk assessment tools for ergonomic compliance. These tools include ART (Assessment of Repetitive Task), MAC (Manual Handling Assessment Chart), and RAPP (Risk Assessment Push Pull).