Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most commonly reported illnesses in the working population. The NIOH Ergonomics Unit has recently embarked on a study to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in workers in different South African industries and cultural groups. The study aims to characterise the types of musculoskeletal disorders identified in these groups and the main risk factors for these disorders in the industries under study.

The following projects are classified under this focus area: