Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC marks RSI Day with new MSD prevention resources

Looking for new tools to tackle hard to solve workplace musculoskeletal disorders?
With the launch of “Making the Case for MSD Prevention”, the Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) offers a series of new fact sheets to help workplace reps effectively build support for MSD prevention. An Economics of Ergonomics fact sheet provides evidence-based support for ergonomic interventions. Three workplace-specific case studies document successful MSD prevention efforts and demonstrate the importance of worker involvement, researching and assessing hazards, making effective recommendations and pressing for solutions.
MSDs are the leading cause of work-related pain and injury affecting workers in all sectors. WHSC’s new resources are being released in support of today’s Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day. Held annually on the last day in February, RSI Awareness Day highlights the unacceptable epidemic of RSIs, but also reminds us that prevention is within reach. Simple, often inexpensive ergonomic solutions may be all that is needed to prevent musculoskeletal pain and more chronic MSDs.
Also in support of RSI Day, WHSC again offered deeply discounted ergonomics training programs across Ontario. All of WHSC ergonomics programs focus on the knowledge and tools needed to help identify the working conditions and hazards responsible for musculoskeletal pain and MSDs. Also important, this training offers essential insight into prevention solutions. This training is critical to joint health and safety committee members and representatives, workers and supervisors, all of whom have important legal obligations to identify, assess and recommend or implement preventive solutions.
WHSC is committed to ongoing development of other case studies and tools aimed at helping to eliminate the source of so much work-related pain. WHSC is also assisting with a new project lead by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) to revise Ontario’s MSD Prevention Guideline and resource materials. WHSC representatives will be participating on the project’s advisory committee. The project aims to create a new document that gives clearer guidance to a range of workplaces—in different sectors and of different sizes—about the tools that can be used to identify and assess MSD risk factors.
Download and share WHSC’s new MSD prevention resources.
Want to know more about International RSI Awareness Day and WHSC ergonomics training?
Don’t see what you need, or need more information still? Call 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak to a training service representative.