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Ontario launches MSD prevention kit

By COS staff
| www.cos-mag.com

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has launched what it calls a“prevention toolbox” to combat musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) in the workplace.

The MSD Prevention Toolbox is an information package forsafety managers, employers and workers offering valuable resources to helpprevent MSD and other ergonomic-related injuries, which account for 40 per centof lost-time injury in the workplace.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has launched what it calls a “prevention toolbox” to combat

musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) in the workplace.

The MSD Prevention Toolbox is an information package for safety managers, employers and workers offering valuable resources to help prevent MSD and other ergonomic-related injuries, which account for 40 per cent of

lost-time injury in the workplace.

MSDs include injuries to the muscles, nerves and tendonsthat develop over time. These types of injuries are a significant workplacehealth and safety issue, according to the Ministry of Labour, adding that theeffect of these types of injuries cost the economy more than $19 billionbetween 1996 and 2006.

The MSD Prevention Toolbox provides information on how to conduct MSD riskassessment in the workplace, set up an MSD prevention program and enhance acompany’s existing MSD prevention practices.

The toolbox outlines workplace MSD hazards with informationon how to get started on an MSD prevention framework, recognizing specific jobsat risk of MSD, in-depth risk assessment methodologies, and identifying andselecting appropriate MSD hazard controls.

The toolbox is the third installment from the ministry’s MSDPrevention Series aimed at providing a comprehensive resource for addressingMSD-related injuries in the workplace.

“We are working with our partners to provide workers andemployers with the information they need to prevent injuries, stay safe andultimately increase the productivity of our economy,” says Ontario Minister ofLabour Brad Duguid in a statement.

The ministry developed the toolbox in partnership withmembers of the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario, including theWorkplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Institute for Work and Health,with additional support from the University of Waterloo’s Centre of ResearchExpertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders. The ministry

 

says it also consulted with labourorganizations, employers’ associations and individual employers and workers.

The MSD Prevention Series is part of the Ontariogovernment’s Pains and Strains campaign that includes six objectives: increaseeducation and awareness of MSDs and their prevention; focus on MSD preventionduring inspections; enhance training for inspectors on MSD prevention; providenew resource materials; improve tracking of ergonomics-related inspections;and, increase the province’s ergonomics expertise.

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