This policy exists to safeguard the health and safety of all colleagues whilst at work with regards to Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs) and acknowledges that not all work relevant ULDs can be prevented. Work is not always the primary causation of ULDs, yet the symptoms are frequently work-relevant and some work tasks will be difficult for people experiencing upper limb symptoms, and may sometimes provoke symptoms that may otherwise not materialize.

It is important that whenever there is an indication that a colleague may be experiencing symptoms of an ULD the Trust responds in a timely and consistent way to ensure that the employee receives the appropriate help at the earliest stage possible. It is important that managers and employees work together and commit to coordinated action in order to help protect employees health in the work place.

If action is taken promptly by the Trust, Manager, and Employee to limit or prevent exposure to the risk factors then recovery should be quicker. If action is not taken then the condition may persist, and in some cases become chronic.

Where an employee reports that they are experiencing any ULD symptoms to the HR / Line Manager / Senior Manager immediate advice must be sought from Occupational Health (OH).


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Matt Stevenson, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist
Ratified by: Health and Safety Committee
Date Ratified: March 2022
Date Issued: March 2022
Review Date: March 2025
Target Audience: All Managers
Contact name: Matt Stevenson, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist


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