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Reducing the risk of upper limb disorders (ULDs) in the workplace

Changes do not necessarily need to be expensive. Simple and low cost changes can often be effective:

Reduce the impact of risk factors

Firstly, establish if it is possible to mechanise any of the tasks that pose a significant ULD risk.

Reducing repetition

Finding the right working position

Reducing the amount of force

Reducing duration

Improving the working environment:

Tackling the underlying effects of work or conditions

Visit the MSD case studies pages to see examples of how other employers have reduced the risks of ULDs.

Updated 2012-12-07