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Keep Your Future Workforce Healthy And Safe By Preventing Portable Device Risks

For many, looking down at our portable devices in a hunched, unsupported position is common practice. However, research revealed this daily occurrence is a major culprit behind the significant increase in youth musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The British Chiropractic Association found that recent years have shown an increase in patients under the age of 30 with neck and back pain. In fact, 45 per cent of young adults said they suffered these symptoms as a result of technology use. 

This rise in MSD prevalence, especially among youth, is a serious concern for employers as their upcoming workforce will likely suffer more severe complications from workplace tasks, resulting in decreased productivity. Protect your current and future workforce with these steps:
  • Offer resources that inform employees of the risks of portable device use.
  • Encourage portable device best practices for employees, such as looking at screens in an upright position, using proper spine support if sitting in a chair while using a device and moving around every so often to avoid stiffness.
  • Offer workplace programmes that encourage proper posture and promote less screen time, such as yoga, a mindfulness class or outdoor activities. 

For more information on portable device risks and tips from the HSE, click here

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