Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Over a period of thirty  five years the Institute has built up a vast knowledge  base on the relationship between work and musculoskeletal disorders.

In particular, the relationship between manual handling and back pain and also  between repetitive work and disorders of the upper limb.  

RSI (repetition strain injury)  and WRULDS (work related upper limb disorders) have been the subject of much  debate and continue to affect  many workers.

We have consistently applied our knowledge in industry and have many examples of how this has helped organisations and industry.

We also offer training courses  and consultancy services on risk assessment and ergonomics interventions for musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.


Buckle, P. and Devereux, J. 2002, The nature of work-related neck and upper limb musculoskeletal disorders, Applied Ergonomics, 33, 207-217.

Devereux, J Vlachonikolis, I Buckle, P 2002, Epidemiological study to investigate potential interaction between physical and psychosocial factors at work that may increase the risk of symptoms of musculoskeletal disorder of the neck and upper limb, Occ Env Med 59, 4, 269-277.