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Overview: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a common side effect of performing repetitive motions over long periods of time. Often, it is a side effect of a work environment that is not very ergonomically friendly.
An MSD can affect an employee's muscles, ligaments, joints or other body parts making it hard or impossible to perform the function, often job-related, that caused the disorder in the first place.
Some common MSDs include:
Having an ergonomically friendly environment, encouraging workplace safety and training workers to perform job functions correctly and to get help for small aches and pains before they reach more serious proportions are some ways to counteract MSDs.
Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, JD, Legal Editor
Fisher Phillips employment attorney Ed Foulke, a former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, takes an in-depth look at OSHA's new reporting rules. The rules place additional requirements on employers, and Foulke reviews the changes.
Employment glossary definition of MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorder).