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Entries Due Soon in MSD Reduction Contest

HSE and its partners want businesses to nominate design changes that have made a real impact -- changes that have been implemented in Great Britain during the 2017 calendar year and have demonstrably reduced MSD risks for workers.

The Health and Safety Executive has announced a "Risk-reduction through design" Award and has joined forces with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) to sponsor an it this year. It highlights how design changes can help to reduce musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risks, and the partners want businesses to nominate design changes that have made a real impact -- changes that have been implemented in Great Britain during the 2017 calendar year and have demonstrably reduced MSD risks for workers.

Jan. 31 is the deadline for entries. Shortlisted entries for the main award and any commended entries will be on display at HSE's MSD Summit on March 21, and the winner will be announced at the CIEHF Awards event in April 2018. The winner and commended entries will then be featured on HSE's website.

The partners say in-house or consultant-led design changes are equally welcomed, but businesses should make the nominations, not the designers.

"Design schemes that have or can reduce MSD risks for the greatest numbers of workers will obviously be attractive, but we don't want to discourage novel, innovative or niche solutions that don't have quite that breadth of benefit," HSE said. "We are looking to inspire others to think more actively about design-based solutions, and that will be the judges' main criteria. We want to be faced with difficult choices, and we are more than happy to commend entries that may not be the outright winner."

Entrants are asked to submit nominations to msdpp@hse.gov.uk by Jan. 31.

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