Musculoskeletal Disorders


To collect, review and share with all ergonomists and OSH in the world, methods, “best” practices and “best experiences” for risk assessment and management of WMSDs, including aspects related to job/task design and to workplace/work tools design.



Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Risk Assessment Tools

The document available for download below describes 16 risk assessment tools for quantifying workplace biomechanical and psychosocial factors that may be predictive of MSDs. The MSD Technical Committee lists tools that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals with data on reliability and predictive value. The tools are presented in categories (general, upper extremity, material handling, and psychosocial). The MSD TC welcomes suggestions for changes to this list and additional references. Send them to

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IEA-WHO Toolkit for managing the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

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Guidance Documents

Spreadsheet of links to more than 100 guidance documents with interventions for reducing musculoskeletal disorder risk factors, improving manufacturing performance, and enhancing product quality (.xls file), and a description of  the spreadsheet (.doc file).

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MSD Resources


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2020 Annual Report Musculoskeletal Disorders

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Steven Fischer, Chair 

University of Waterloo, Canada


Erwin Speklé (Website and Communications), Co-Chair (Netherlands)


David Rempel  (Science Subcommittee), Co-Chair


Enrique Alvarez-Casado  (Tools and Standards), Co-Chair


Sean Gallagher (Tools and Standards), Co-Chair


Daniela Colombini, (Tools and Standards) Co-chair


Contact Steven Fischer for more information or to join this Technical Committee