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Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders in Europe: Impact, Risk factors and Preventive Regulations


  • José Miquel Cabeças

    () (IET, FCT-Universidade Nova de Lisboa)


The aim of this article is to characterize musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in EU working population according to available Eurostat data, to identify relevant risk factors and to refer existing legislation and standards to prevent MSDs. The following questions will be answered: How often do MSDs occur in EU? What are the risk factors? Do legislation and standards exist to prevent these disorders?

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  • José Miquel Cabeças, 2006. "Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders in Europe: Impact, Risk factors and Preventive Regulations," Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CICS.NOVA-Interdisciplinary Centre on Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, vol. 2(2), pages 95-104, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ieu:journl:v:2:y:2006:i:2:p:95-104

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