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MSDs Interventions in the Workplace

Risk assessment for the individual and job allow employers to develop more effective intervention models for the reduction of musculoskeletal pain in the workplace.

The benefits of MSDs management can include lower costs due to fewer MSDs, decreased absenteeism, reduced workers’ compensation premiums, reduced disability, increased productivity, and higher product. The benefit to cost ratio (dollars saved per dollar spent) provides insight into the successfulness of MSDs programs. If a MSDs management program saved $100 dollars for every dollar spent, the benefit to cost ratio would be 100. Significant dollars saved per dollar spent (benefit to cost ratio), total number of employees and the total dollars saved for different types of employers in a one year period who used the CtdMAP(tm)Intervention Program(c)are reviewed.

The CtdMAP instrument can assess individual risk and job risk. Individual risk and job risk are combined by a weighted calculation that allows employers to develop intervention models for the individual employee and the job. Since an OSHA 300 event required an employee and a job, intervention that addresses both concerns has a more effective impact on reduced incidence rates and workers’ compensations costs.

The CtdMAP™ Intervention Program for Musculoskeletal Disorders. In Gatchel RJ, Schultz IZ, (eds). Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims: Early Risk Identification, Intervention and Prevention. Melhorn JM, Wilkinson LK Kluwer Academic/Plenium 2005. Reference ID: 5194