Where the affects of Upper limb disorders, (ULDs) occur as a result of working they are known as work related upper limb disorders. These can occur in almost any workplace and are normally preventable.
The symptoms of an ULD can be, tenderness, aches and pain, stiffness, weakness, tingling, numbness, cramp and swelling. They can affect any part of the arm from the fingers to the shoulder, or to the neck.
ULDs can be caused by, repetitive work, uncomfortable working postures, sustained or excessive force, carrying out a task for a long period of time.
If ULD,s are not identified and control measures put in place they can have life changing affects.
Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment. All tasks which are identified as being capable of causing ULD,s must be risk assessed.