Good Practice Awards

The Good Practice Awards is one of the main elements of the current European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load Campaign’ designed to highlight and promote best practice in relation to the management of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the workplace.

Work-related MSDs are impairments of bodily structures, such as muscles, joints and tendons, that are caused or aggravated primarily by work or the effects of the immediate work environment. They can be highly detrimental to an individual’s quality of life and ability to work, and are one of the most common causes of disability, sick leave and early retirement.

The key aim of the awards is to raise awareness of related safety and health issues and share best practice examples. Coordinated by the EU-OSHA, the judging panel is looking for examples of best practice that demonstrate a holistic approach and real improvements in the management of MSDs in the workplace. The evaluation criteria include important considerations such as commitment of senior management, worker involvement, sustainability and transferability.

The Irish leg of the Good Practice Awards is now closed and details of the European winners will be published here in due course.

To discuss the Good Practice Awards or any element of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign in more detail, contact Gavin Lonergan, Head of Communications, on (01) 7997838 or email