ULDs in the workplace
Repetitive Upper Limb work such as assembly line work or hand-tool / power-tool use, if not suitably managed, can cause musculoskeletal disorders in the shoulders, neck, arms, hands or fingers, or make existing problems worse. These are called Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs) – sometimes also called Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs), or Occupational Overuse Injuries.
Employers’ legal duties to manage and control ULD risks are based on:
- Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWER) 1998