HSL: Upper Limb Disorders Risk Assessment of Repetitive Tasks – HSL Buxton, 20 Oct 2016

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HSL is to run a 1 day course on Upper Limb Disorders Risk Assessment of Repetitive Tasks.

20 October 2016


Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the most common
occupational illness in Britain affecting over 500,000 people a
year. Nearly half of these illnesses are joint injuries and
repetitive strain injuries of various sorts affecting the upper

To support employers, health and safety professionals and
inspectors with risk assessing repetitive work, the Health and
Safety Laboratory and Health and Safety Executive have developed
the Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (ART) tool. Launched in Spring
2010, the ART tool is used to assess the frequent handling of light
loads or other repetitive tasks that can contribute to upper limb
disorders (ULDs).

This course will equip you with the knowledge to use the ART
tool to help recognise, assess, and reduce upper limb disorder
risks in your organisation. It will benefit those already involved
in workplace MSD risk management (e.g. manual handling risk
assessments) who wish to expand their knowledge on the topic of
upper limb disorders.

What will the course cover?

  • Common ULDs and their development

  • Key ULD risk factors

  • ULD risk management (including legal duties)

  • ULD risk assessment using the ART tool

  • Practise using the ART tool with case studies

  • ULD risk controls

Who should attend?

Employers and their representatives who wish to undertake or
improve ULD risk assessment and control within their

Health and safety or occupational health professionals who wish
to learn about the ART tool, or further their abilities in this

The course is targeted at organisations that carry out some
manual production, processing, packaging, packing, and sorting
activities.  The course will not cover assessment of Display
Screen Equipment (DSE)

Previous experience of manual handling risk assessment is
beneficial but not required.


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of
Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good
links to mainline train stations and Manchester International

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this course is £425 per person (includes
course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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For further dates and additional information email:
or contact the Training & Conferences Unit
at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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