Musculoskeletal Disorders

We all have aches and pains from time to time and the chances are that some of these may have been caused by what’s known as a musculoskeletal disorder.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are fairly common and affect the body's joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support limbs, neck and back. They affect three main areas of the body; upper limb, back and lower limb.

When people suffer from an MSD, it can lead to a reduction in an individuals’ assessment of their general health, and to a reduction in their quality of life. MSDs are not always caused by work, but they are often made worse by the work we do and they often develop over time.

Work related MSDs account for 44% of the total number of work related illnesses. That’s about 553,000 current cases, and about 169,000 new cases a year.

In this Musculoskeletal Disorders e-learning course you’ll gain the knowledge and understanding required to help reduce the likely impact arising from MSD’s in the workplace.

The e-learning course is interactive and engaging, which helps make the learning easy and interesting to follow. It’s a fun way of learning the important principles of musculoskeletal disorders.

Watch this video for a quick overview of our Musculoskeletal Disorders course.


Who is it for?

This musculoskeletal disorders e-learning course is essential health safety training. It’s particularly appropriate for people new to an organisation or for use as a refresher for existing employees.

While some professions may be more at risk of MSD’s, the truth is everyone in all types of roles have a part to play in ensuring safe working practices are in place. Health and Safety is the responsibility of everyone within an organisation.

In order for employees and companies to be protected, we recommend this MSD e-learning becomes a part of each employee’s induction.

Why study this course?

The reasons to create a safe working environment where health and safety is uppermost in people’s mind are self-evident. This course will help bring the important topic of musculoskeletal disorders to the forefront of your mind. In this course:

  • You’ll learn what an MSD is and its impact on personal lives and the workforce
  • You’ll be able to explain the typical symptoms of MSD’s
  • You’ll learn the three stages of MSD severity
  • You’ll understand what can be done to avoid MSD’s in the three areas
  • You’ll explain what a risk assessment is and how to carry one out
  • You’ll explain how best to deal with MSD hazards
  • You’ll help create a culture of positive health and safety practice in the workplace

Compared to a traditional classroom-based session, you will save a huge sum of money with our e-learning course.

Key facts

Average course duration: 40 minutes. Course content broken down as follows:
  • It’s an online e-learning course
  • Interactive and engaging content
  • Blending text, graphics, images and videos
  • On-going testing as your progress with a final assessment

Price: GBP 10.00

Why study with ICM?

Practical courses - This course is designed to help you in the real business world, giving you practical skills that you can quickly and easily implement in the workplace.

Interactive and engaging - Learning doesn’t have to be boring. This multi-media course is designed to keep you engaged throughout.

Step-by-step learning - This course is broken down into easy to manage bite-size chunks. From start to finish we take you on an enjoyable learning journey.

Certificated courses - Employers recognise hard work and you will be awarded an official ICM certificate upon successful completion of your course.

Course content

  • 1Understanding Musculoskeletal Disorders

    • explain what a musculoskeletal disorder is
    • describe the impact MSDs have on personal lives and the workforce
    • describe typical symptoms of an MSD
    • explain the three stages of MSD severity
    • say what should be done if you think you have an MSD
  • 2The three main areas of MSD’s

    • describe the three main areas of MSDs
    • describe what activities typically cause MSDs in the three areas
    • explain what precautions can be taken in each of the three main MSD areas
    • describe other common types of MSD
  • 3Preventing MSD’s

    • explain what a risk assessment is and when one should be carried out
    • describe the key stages in a risk assessment
    • explain the best way to deal with MSD hazards
    • give examples of ways to prevent MSD hazards