Employers needed to take part in sickness study
RESEARCHERS at the University of Derby are appealing for more large employers to get involved in a study which aims to reduce a widespread cause of sickness absence.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, musculoskeletal disorders are still the most common work-related illness in the UK.
These disorders include upper limb problems, back problems or postural pain that can affect employees' ability to carry out their daily role.
Dr Claire Williams, lecturer in human factors and ergonomics at the university's Centre for Psychological Research, is already working with Rolls-Royce, Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Health United on the Move More study.
She said: "With an estimated 7.6 million days lost from work last year due to these musculoskeletal disorders – an average of 15 days lost in each individual case, or three full working weeks – it's pretty clear that no business can afford to ignore the musculoskeletal health of its workforce.
"Likewise, employees need to be aware of what they can do to take care of themselves."
The study, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, aims to help businesses by implementing a number of simple techniques designed to change individuals' behaviour. Businesses which want to take part in the study should contact Elaine Denning via e-mail at E.Denning1@derby.ac.uk.