Reducing injury in the workplace

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as injuries to workers’ backs or shoulders, represent 46 per cent of all days lost from work and 43 per cent of all costs related to lost time, according to Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS).


To help business reduce the risk of MSDs among employees, WSPS has issued an online information guide with interactive tools, resources and samples.  The website is divided into three sections geared to company size, with drop-down menus directing users through each step.


There’s a ‘quick start guideline’ for micro and small businesses to increase their awareness and ability to prevent MSDs, focusing on six simple fixes to protect against injuries to workers’ backs, shoulders, necks and hands, illustrated on posters. Then there are guidelines for medium and large businesses.  Here’s a link to the posters:


There’s also information on legal responsibilities, what to do if an MSD occurs, incident investigations, and return to work.  For more information go to


WSPS is a not-for-profit association providing information for safety training and compliance.  It is part of Health and Safety Ontario.



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Friday, November 9, 2018

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