• Issued: September 2005
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009

On February 28, 2005, the previous Minister of Labour, Christopher Bentley, announced the formation of a special ergonomics advisory panel to recommend ways to reduce musculoskeletal disorders in the manufacturing sector. The Sub-Committee continued its work under the direction of the current Minister of Labour, Steve Peters, subsequent to his appointment on June 29, 2005.

The panel was a Sub-Committee of the Manufacturing Panel of the Health and Safety Action Group. The Sub-Committee was chaired by the Minister's Parliamentary Assistant, MPP Kevin Flynn, and consisted of three labour and three employer members:

  • John Macnamara
    President
    Business Council on Occupational Health and Safety

  • Mark Nantais
    President
    Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association

  • Maureen Shaw
    President and CEO
    Industrial Accident Prevention Association

    (Alternate: Ian Howcroft, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters)

  • Nancy Hutchison
    District Six Safety, Health and Environment Co-ordinator
    United Steelworkers of America, Canadian National Office

  • Wayne Samuelson
    President
    The Ontario Federation of Labour

  • Cathy Walker
    National Health and Safety Director
    Canadian Auto Workers

    (Alternate: Cam Sherk, United Food and Commercial Workers) 4

The Sub-Committee met seven times, from March to September 2005. It examined a variety of means for reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in Ontario, including best practices, educational resources, policies and enforcement. Researchers and other experts in the field of ergonomics made presentations to the Sub-Committee (for more information, please refer to the presentations included in the report).

The following report to Minister Peters contains recommendations on strategies to reduce workrelated MSD in Ontario. Although the Sub-Committee focused on the manufacturing sector, many of the recommendations will have relevance for other sectors. September

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