We all know poorly designed work and work environments can contribute to painful and life-altering musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). But what specifically can be done about them?
MSDs are the number one type of work-related, lost-time claim reported to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and account for approximately a third of all approved lost-time injury claims in Ontario.
MSD risk factors include: repetition, force, awkward and static postures, extreme temperatures, contact stress, as well as vibration from equipment and machinery. Ongoing research
is also expanding our understanding that psychosocial hazards and workplaces that do not take into account the gender of workers are contributing factors too.
Proactively addressing workplace ergonomics achieves many benefits including:
✅ Increased worker health
✅ Increased workplace morale
✅ Increased labour relations
✅ Decreased MSDs
✅ Decreased WSIB costs
✅ Decreased lost time.
Take action, begin with training
Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) has developed and implemented an ergonomic training program that focuses solely on the prevention of MSDs. This program provides joint health and safety committees with the knowledge and skills to recognize, assess and control, if not eliminate, factors that contribute to MSDs.
Controlling MSD hazards in a workplace is not only the right thing to do; it’s the law. Employers must take every reasonable precaution to protect workers. Most work-related MSDs are preventable and solutions are often easy and cost-effective
, especially when workers participate
in their implementation.
Register for our program today.
What you'll learn:
Participants will review types of MSDs, their symptoms and health effects, explore how job demands and workplace hazards can contribute to MSDs, and learn how to identify and assess tasks that increase worker injury. Participants will also learn how ergonomics can be used to reduce job demands allowing workers to complete tasks more comfortably and safely.
Why our virtual learning environment is unique and effective?
✅ Live online learning on a secure Zoom platform
✅ Highly qualified instructors with considerable real-world experience
✅ Small class sizes designed for maximum engagement
✅ Proven class activities for assured learning.
Additional resources to download and share:
WHSC ergonomics resources
WHSC ergonomics training product sheet
Need more information?
Additional training: Check out all WHSC programs
Call a WHSC training services representative in your area.
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