Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves that may develop in workers from ergonomic risk factors such as repetitive, forceful or awkward movements.
Statistics from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) indicated that in Ontario, 42% of all lost time injuries and 42% of all lost time costs were the result of MSDs.
Western’s Ergonomics Program has begun implementing a prevention-based system using the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO) guidelines. The Ergonomics Program will be contacting all Departments with material handling jobs for an introduction and gradual implementation of this MSD Prevention Program.
This program’s goal is to increase ergonomic awareness through educating our Western community on better and healthier work techniques. By identifying risks with regular workplace inspections and worker feedback, the hope is to decrease MSDs, their risk factors and eliminate ergonomic related injury costs while increasing worker performance and satisfaction.
The MSD Prevention Program provides the information and tools for reducing the risk of MSDs within the workplace. The MSD Prevention Program includes:
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Renée Uruski x84742.