Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are a major burden on individuals, organisations, and the Victorian healthcare system, in part due to a lack of formal protocol around manual handling and related postural problems.
Postural problems that develop because of manual handling are described as "cumulative postural exposure."
Cumulative postural exposure can be reduced simply by re-designing or changing methods of working, but there currently are no workplace protocols in place for quantifying the condition.
A research team led by Dr Peter Hillard of the Monash Injury Research Institute sought to change this through a rapid review of relevant writing.
The results of this review will be used to develop varied data collection protocols to measure cumulative postural exposure at work.
This data will then inform the development of more appropriate workplace interventions for WMSDs.
This research is ongoing.