Upper limb disorder covers a broad range of condition affecting the limbs of the upper body in other words the shoulders, arms or hands. Most work poses a degree of risk of employees developing upper limb disorders although some work carries a far higher risk than others.
Tasks that pose a significant risk of pain or injury to the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists or hands should be appropriately risk assessed and control measures implemented in order to reduce the risk to the lowest practicable level. Whilst health surveillance for upper limb activity involving exposure to hand transmitted vibration is a statutory requirement, assessing for other type of injury is important if the risk is deemed to be significant or if employees show sign of injury as a result of upper limb activity.
Many upper limb injuries are reportable under RIDDOR (reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations) and a regular assessment to ensure employees are not at risk of developing significant conditions is an important control measure.
Industrial Diagnostics provide a comprehensive health surveillance service that assesses employees, advises on current conditions and gives guidance on RIDDOR reporting. We also offer a physiotherapy based assessment and treatment service which is site, clinic of home based across the UK.