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 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Back pain and associated conditions are a common problem in childcare. 82% of United Kingdom early years and primary practitioners experience work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) — which include back, hip, shoulder and knee pain — at least once a week. Health and safety laws apply to work activities in registered childcare premises and schools. As an employer or duty holder*, you need to protect your workers from the risk of injury and ill health from MSDs. This guidance suggests ways you can do this. The guidance is aimed at employers and duty holders of the early years and childcare workforce. Employees, students, volunteers, trainers and the self-employed (such as childminders) who work with children 0-5 years, may find it useful.

Level of Education: Continuing vocational education and training

Lead Organisation: early years alliance

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