Quick Exposure Check

for work-related musculoskeletal risks


QEC is a tool for occupational health and safety practitioners to assess task exposure to risks for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).

The tool was developed and evaluated by Dr. G. Li and Dr. Peter Buckle, with support from researchers at then Robens Center for Health Ergonomics, University of Surrey and some 150 health and safety practitioners throughout the UK. The QEC system and the full report about its development was first published by the HSE Books in November 1999.

The tool has the following major functions:

  • Identify risk factors for WMSDs.
  • Evaluate risk exposure level for different body regions.
  • Suggest actions that need to be taken in order to reduce the risk exposure.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of an ergonomics intervention in the workplace.
  • Educate users about the musculoskeletal risks in their workplace.
The QEC System
QEC User Guide
How to Calculate the Exposure Scores?

The QEC Assessment Score Calculator

(Calculate the exposure scores on computer. No need to install the programme, just click and run)

QEC Action Levels
Major Functions and Advantages of the QEC
Frequently Asked Questions
Useful References
Download the original QEC report published by HSE Books in 1999
Download the report on further development of the usability and validity of the QEC, published by HSE Books in 2005
(Last updated: July 2015)
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