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Legislation covering MSDs

There are several pieces of legislation relating to musculoskeletal disorders, which attach responsibilities to both employers and employees. The main legal responsibility for employers is to protect the health and safety of their employees and other people who might be affected by what they do, as required by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Some health and safety regulations are particularly relevant to dealing with musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace (the main ones are listed below). However, if you work within specific industries there may be additional legislation you may have to take into account. More information on sector-specific legislation can be found at MSD guidance and research.