Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk Assessment for Train Drivers (MAT) Tool

If you have to assess or manage musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risks in train drivers, the MAT contains information, guidance and a template to help you.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) is a broad term for conditions that affect the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Symptoms may occur as a result of an identifiable, traumatic event, or they may appear more gradually, as symptoms persist and gradually worsen. The ORR’s aim is for all rail employers to be excellent at proactively managing MSD risks. Its 2014 position paper on MSDs highlights the value in identifying potential work-related MSD risks at the earliest opportunity. This is where the MAT can support your organisation.

When and how to use the MAT

Use the MAT as soon as possible. This will help you identify the potential for MSD risk for your train drivers, across all your rolling stock classes.

The first steps when using the MAT tool are to:

  • Collect driving cab dimensions across all class types in your fleet. These dimensions will be compared with anthropometric (body shape) data.
  • Carry out risk assessments of the train driving task across all class types, based on the Health and Safety Executive’s ART tool (Assessment of Repetitive Tasks of the Upper Limbs).

Who should use the MAT?

Given the wide range of topic areas covered in this tool, it may be appropriate for more than one person to be involved in the assessment process (so, managers and occupational health practitioners). Add individuals’ expertise and knowledge to ensure a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is carried out. Those with experience in carrying out risk assessments, knowledge of the driving task, and an appreciation of the potential issues associated with MSDs, are best placed to apply the MAT.

The tool is available to members and non-members, for further information, please contact Jordan Smith.

To request a copy of the tool, please complete the form linked below:

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