This month’s news in brief

Stress link to MSDs

Work-related stress can play a key part in the development of musculoskeletal disorders, the UK’s largest ever study on MSDs and work-related stress has concluded.

Occupational Health, December 2004

Work-related illness

Musculoskeletal disorders and stress remain the top two causes of work-related illness, according to latest statistics from the Health & Safety Executive. Metalworkers, shipwrights and riveters were most at risk of MSDs and soldiers had the highest incidence of mental health conditions.

Occupational Health, October 2004

Absence levels rise

Absence levels rose slightly last year, particularly stress-related days off, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s annual absence survey. The study of 1,110 UK employers reported the average level of absence to be 9.1 working days per employee, up from 9 days.

Occupational Health, August 2004

HR opts for GPs

Most HR professionals want GPs to continue issuing sick notes, even though they worry they are still signing people off work too easily, research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has concluded.

Occupational Health, July 2004

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