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Lewis the effect of age on employability and indicated that employers, workers and even health and safety professionals, do not always share HSE’s current policy view. A review of the evidence regarding ageing and working with specific reference to work-related MSD was therefore considered necessary to ensure that important issues had not been overlooked, and that future advice was evidence based. The present work was undertaken to identify current scientific thinking about the subject, to evaluate whether individuals become more susceptible to MSD in the workplace as they age and to identify the implications of an ageing workforce for the health and safety responsibilities of employers.

Morgan (2004), reviewed psychological aspects of ageing and found that this is due to a slowing of central of central processing time which is accompanied by an increase in caution; thus a trade-off between speed and accuracy. Positively, ageing brings with increased accumulated knowledge and experience. There are large inter-individual differences within the research but any interventions for older people should include mental stimulation as well as physical activity (Morgan, 2004) There was little research identified with regard to mental wellbeing in older workers.

1995 Aging and occupational accidents a review of the literature of the last three decades, Safety Science, 21, 145–161 Morgan, K. 2004, Psychological aspects of ageing, Psychiatry, 3, 8–10 National Statistics. 2005, Focus on Older People, (Palgrave MacMillan, London) Naumanen, P. 2006a, The health promotion of aging workers from the perspective of occupational health professionals, Public Health Nursing, 23, 37–45 Naumanen, P. 2006b, Opinions of ageing workers on relative importance of health promotion.

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