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Musculoskeletal Disorders – Online Learning

This online learning will help bring the important topic of musculoskeletal disorders to the forefront of the learner’s mind. In this e-learning course, they’ll be able to:

  • Define MSD (Musculoskeletal Disorder) and explore its impact on both personal lives and the workforce
  • Identify the typical symptoms of MSD’s
  • Explore the three stages of MSD severity
  • Describe what can be done to avoid MSD’s in the three areas
  • Explain what a risk assessment is and how to carry one out
  • Follow guidance on how best to deal with MSD hazards
  • Help create a culture of positive health and safety practice in the workplace

Course Introduction

We all have aches and pains from time to time and the chances are that some of these may have been caused by what’s known as a musculoskeletal disorder.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are fairly common and affect the body’s joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support limbs, neck and back. They affect three main areas of the body; upper limb, back and lower limb.

When people suffer from an MSD, it can lead to a reduction in an individuals’ assessment of their general health, and to a reduction in their quality of life. MSDs are not always caused by work, but they are often made worse by the work we do and they often develop over time.

Work related MSDs account for 44% of the total number of work related illnesses. That’s about 553,000 current cases, and about 169,000 new cases a year.

In this Musculoskeletal Disorders e-learning course learners will gain the knowledge and understanding required to help reduce the likely impact arising from MSD’s in the workplace.

Course Content

Module 1 – Understanding Musculoskeletal Disorders 
  • Explain what a musculoskeletal disorder is
  • Describe the impact MSDs have on personal lives and the workforce
  • Describe typical symptoms of an MSD
  • Explain the three stages of MSD severity
  • Say what should be done if you think you have an MSD
Module 2 – The three main areas of MSD’s 
  • Describe the three main areas of MSDs
  • Describe what activities typically cause MSDs in the three areas
  • Explain what precautions can be taken in each of the three main MSD areas
  • Describe other common types of MSD
Module 3 – Preventing MSD’s
  • Explain what a risk assessment is and when one should be carried out
  • Describe the key stages in a risk assessment
  • Explain the best way to deal with MSD hazards
  • Give examples of ways to prevent MSD hazards
Module 4 – Assessment and CPD certificate
  • A chance to test your knowledge of the topic with scoring
  • The e-learning course comes with free CPD certificates for the learners including RoSPA Qualifications – Assured logo


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