European researchers studied the effects of environmental and psychosocial factors and their relationship with musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The survey was conducted among hospital workers in the UK and they looked at responses relating MSDs to temperature, anxiety, depression, light and noise, and job demand. The most interesting finding from the study was that MSDs of the upper extremity were strongly related to job strain and temperature.

Some key points the researchers make are:

  • The risk of MSDs significantly increase when employees report being exposed to both environmental and psychosocial factors
  • Temperature may have an effect on the exacerbation of upper extremity MSDs.
  • Employers should take environmental and psychosocial factors into account when implementing programs to combat MSDs.

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