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Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Assessment

13 July 2023


This course will equip you with the knowledge to help recognise, assess and reduce musculoskeletal disorder (manual handling and upper limbs disorder) risks in your organisation. Prevention and control of work-related MSDs is a major priority and as such HSE have published a suite of three simple, but effective risk assessment methods called:

  • the Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC tool - for lifting, carrying and team handling tasks)
  • the Risk Assessment for Pushing and Pulling (RAPP tool - for pushing and pulling tasks)
  • the Assessment or Repetitive Tasks (ART tool - for upper limb disorders)

They are designed to help you understand, interpret and categorise the level of risk of the various known ergonomic risk factors associated with manual tasks.

The course will cover:

  • Principles of MSDs
  • Understanding injuries
  • Common types of injuries
  • Legal aspects
  • Key risk factors
  • MAC, ART and RAPP Tools - using case studies to master the tools in the classroom
  • Key principles of good techniques
  • Control and reduction of risk

This course is designed for employers and employee representatives who intend to begin the process of MSD risk assessment and control within their companies. It will also benefit those already involved in MSD risk reduction who require more formal or in-depth training on the HSE assessment methods. By covering just the key methods of assessment (and not the legal framework or wider risk management approaches) delegates will be able to cover all the risk assessment approaches in a single day. Risk assessment is the cornerstone of risk management, so successful delegates will be enabled to support risk management in the key areas of ergonomics through the provision of accurate risk assessment and approaches to risk reduction.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be run at your site or local area by arrangement.

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£545 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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