Safety first

PROjEN, the project management company based in Cheshire, recently promoted the ‘European Week of Safety’

PROjEN, the project management company based at Northwich, Cheshire, recently promoted the ‘European Week of Safety’ at a number of key client sites across the UK.

This year’s European Week of Safety campaign Lighten the Load’ was dedicated to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The aim of the campaign was to support employers, workers, safety representatives and other stakeholders in improving MSD prevention. MSDs are the most common form of ill-health disorders at work, both in the UK and across Europe. Work-related MSDs affect one million people in Great Britain alone each year. Problems include back pain, work-related neck and upper limb disorders (ULDs), including repetitive strain injuries, and lower limb disorders.

During the European Week of Safety which ran from the 22nd until the 26th of October 2007, PROjEN provided information including booklets on ‘Manual Handling’ and ‘How to avoid Back Problems’ plus posters on correct lifting techniques and a word search quiz. By raising peoples awareness, PROjEN aimed to achieve better prevention and management of the key factors in reducing MSDs.

The main focus of the promotion was at two of the GlaxoSmithKline sites at Stevenage and Tonbridge, Total Bitumen in Preston and at Greenergy’s Immingham Biodiesel facility.

Results from the latest survey of self-reported work-related illness indicate that in 2005/06 an estimated prevalence of 1,020,000 people in Great Britain suffered from a musculoskeletal disorder. In estimating the cost to employers, the HSE has estimated that work-related musculoskeletal disorders cost between £590m and £624m.