Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Tool (HSE)

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that can affect the back, joints and limbs.

Employers are legally obligated to protect the health and safety of their workers and other people who might be affected by what they do.

This online MSD tool offers the perfect solution.

It helps employers assess the risk posted by strenuous physical activities – combining popular MSD assessment guides MAC, ART and RAPP into a hassle-free, digital solution.

Includes free (single use) and paid (multiple uses) versions.

Brought to you by Snap Surveys – market leaders in survey software and research services since 1981 – and The Health and Safety Executive, Great Britain’s government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare.


The musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) online assessment tool is the latest tool in the range from the HSE.

Employers and safety representatives can use the MSD tool to easily assess the risks posed by physical, strenuous activities. The assessor is then able to understand, interpret, categorise and communicate the level of risk.

It has been designed to simplify the process of completing each assessment, with a logical step by step approach, saving your assessors time in populating and interpreting the results manually.

The online MSD tool combines the popular assessment guides of MAC, ART and RAPP into a hassle-free, digital solution.

Manual Handling Assessment Charts (MAC) Tool

An all-in-one solution for identifying manual handling activity risk in the workplace: including lifting, carrying and team handling operations.

Risk Assessment for Pushing and Pulling (RAPP) Tool

Identify high-risk pushing and pulling operations and check the effectiveness of any risk-reduction measures.

Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (ART) Tool

Designed to help you risk assess tasks that require repetitive movement of the upper limbs (arms and hands).

Please note: There have been no changes to the content of the MAC, ART and RAPP tools. This is an enhanced digital version to remove the administrative burden and make it easier for you to complete an assessment.

Pricing plans

Free Single-Assessment MAC Tool

The assessment side of the solution is available for free so organisations can conduct individual MAC assessments.

However, for organisations conducting multiple assessments throughout the year for all three tools, or wanting to be able to analyse their assessments, a premium option is available.

Full Premium Version

The premium option is perfect for larger organisations looking to conduct multiple assessments throughout the year, or who wanting to be able to analyse their assessments.

The full premium version of the MSD tool includes:

  • The ability to tailor and set demographics to fit your organisational structure
  • A bespoke mobile app to complete the assessments offline
  • Easily access all tasks/assessments completed
  • An overall organisation report to examine the assessments
  • An intuitive filtering system to analyse results based on the various demographics, such as location, assessor and department

Analysing the reports for effective risk management

Once assessments have been completed, the MSD Tool consolidates all the assessments in one central system, so they can be easily reviewed and analysed.

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Created by Great Britain's Health and Safety Executive in partnership with Snap Surveys
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