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Pain and discomfort

painDiscomfort and injury in the office is one of the largest Health & Safety issues facing workplaces. Discomfort pain and injury can occur on their own or in any combination. Frequently pain occurs without injury (e.g. headaches) and injury can occur without pain (e.g. hearing loss).

Many people will experience discomfort at work, and this is quite normal. However, if not properly managed, this discomfort can turn into chronic pain. Evidence-based research has shown that there are many factors that contribute to pain and discomfort in the workplace, as outlined in the diagram above.

Managing pain and discomfort

The University's Occupational Health Team is very happy to assist you in identifying and managing some of the factors contributing to your pain and discomfort. We also strongly recommend that you access the ACC HabitAtWork website which explains this concept in greater detail and also has a large range of management tools.

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Pain and discomfort do not always fall into the category of an injury and therefore there is a very grey area in relation to ACC claims. We encourage early reporting and intervention, with a management plan. You are welcome to submit an ACC claim from your treatment provider and your claim will be assessed in accordance with your diagnosis, causation and in relation to the ACC legislation. The University is an accredited employer and manages all work related claims.

Find out more about the ACC Accredited Employer Programme