2 Sisters Food Group has implemented a ‘Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Reduction Programme’ in partnership with Connect Health, resulting in a shortlist for the HR Initiative Award at the Food & Drink Federation Awards 2020.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are particularly prevalent in food and drink manufacturing. Working in collaboration, Connect Health have delivered a host of cost reducing, proactive initiatives to different sites and assisted 2SFG’s Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Reduction Programme.
The project was led by Group Health & Safety in coordination with site Human Resources teams, with the inspiration to promote wellbeing, significantly reduce the risk portfolio to employees and ensure that morally the right thing was being delivered.
The programme embraces the importance of:
- good physical health in a challenging environment
- the need to identify which tasks present a risk of musculoskeletal injury
- introduction of mechanisation where reasonably practicable
- where mechanisation was not possible, measures to prevent injury
- employee involvement to ensure effective and workable solutions to problems.
The project has assessed the cost effectiveness of the range of interventions to return employees with MSDs back to work and keeping them safe & effective in the working environment.
Sickness absence reduction has been reduced by up to 75% on certain sites. There has been 40% reduction in MSD related claims across sites. Following implementation of the risk assessment tool kit for MSD’s, there have been real benefits to our Employer Liability Insurer.
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