Discomfort, pain and injury

Prevent and manage discomfort, pain and injury effectively, and your employees will be happier, healthier and more productive. Injury-related costs can go down, and you can more easily meet your legal requirement to protect your employees from harm.

What do we mean by ‘discomfort, pain and injury’?

Discomfort, pain and injury problems cover many conditions of the muscles and bones, such as:

  • Gradual Process Injuries (GPI)
  • simple back pain
  • strains and sprains.

These problems often happen gradually over time, rather than from sudden events.

Why is ‘discomfort, pain and injury a problem?

For employers

Wages are only one part of the cost you carry when an employee goes on sick leave. You may also have costs related to:

  • the incident and its investigation
  • damage to your workplace
  • finding and training a replacement worker
  • effects on productivity.

For workers

Apart from the stress of not being able to do your job properly, discomfort, pain or injury can have a much bigger impact. It’s difficult to measure the cost of not being able to pick up your children or play sports, or even just sit comfortably to watch television or talk with friends.

What can I do to reduce discomfort, pain and injury problems?

Use HabitAtWork to educate workers and managers about how to prevent and manage discomfort, pain and injury in the workplace.

On this site you can:

  • get the facts about discomfort, pain and injury
  • do the HabitAtWork quiz
  • learn how to work in comfort
  • set up your workstation to suit you
  • assess your learning and print a certificate
  • help yourself get rid of pain.

If you’re a manager, visit the Manager’s Toolkit for help with:

  • preventing injury – actions for workers and managers, and resources
  • early reporting – includes downloadable forms, and advice about how to conduct a meeting with a worker who has made an early report
  • stay at work and recover from injury – actions for workers and managers, and resources
  • return to work after recovering from injury – actions for workers and managers, and resources
  • barriers to recovery that can block successful return to work.