It may not be possible to prevent all cases of upper limb disorders (ULDs) but there are things you can do to help prevent symptoms occurring or getting worse whether they are caused by work or only aggravated by work activities.
If you find that there are risks of ULDs in your workplace it is worthwhile to have systems in place to actively collect early reports of any symptoms workers may be suffering. These systems are often referred to as health monitoring. There is no legal requirement to perform health monitoring but it is a useful way to feed back and inform your risk assessment and ensure any controls you have put in place are working to prevent or alleviate problems.The pages on monitoring and reviewing give examples of sources of information you can use for health monitoring.
You may have access to occupational health to which workers could be referred for help and advice with their symptoms. Occupational health provision is valuable for advising on management of cases.
People with ULDs usually completely recover if the problem is recognised early and treated appropriately.
Points to consider: