Musculoskeletal Disorders / Ergonomics

  • Content last reviewed: September 2016

Every day we use our muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints to lift, carry, sit, stand, walk, move and work in a variety of ways. However, sometimes these tasks or the way we do them can put too much demand on our bodies, causing pain and discomfort. In addition, it may lead to a more serious injury called a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). Work shouldn't hurt!

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The Ministry of Labour and its health and safety partners are raising awareness of MSDs in the workplace. Learn more about prevention resources and take part in planned activities. Work shouldn’t hurt!

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Videos

 
Manual Materials Handling
 

Manual Materials Handling:

Global Ergonomics Month Events

Throughout the month

WHSC Training Sessions Throughout the Province

October 2

CRE-MSD Conference
Manual Materials Handling and Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Making it Work!

October 4

PSHSA Training
Office Ergonomics – How to Conduct an Assessment (Ottawa)

WSPS Partners in Prevention Conference
Eastern Ontario Regional Conference

October 5

PSHSA Training
Participatory Approach to MSD Prevention

October 6

CRE-MSD Client/Patient Handling Community of Practice Webinar
Exercise-Based MSD Prevention Program: Development of a Daily Movement Practice Strategy to Facilitate Implementation and Sustainability

October 17

IWH Ergonomics/MSD Open Plenary by Brian McInnes
Special - Role of Ontario Ministry of Labour Ergonomists

October 18

OHCOW Webinar
Evaluate your Workstation: An Introduction to a New Office Ergonomics Calculator Tool

October 23

PSHSA Webinar
Ageing Workforce… Decreasing the Impact

October 24

OHCOW Lunch and Learn (Windsor)
Topic 1: Psychosocial Ergonomic
Topic 2: Ergonomics Fact or Fiction

PSHSA Training
Office Ergonomics – How to Conduct an Assessment (Norwood)

October 25

WSPS Partners in Prevention Conference
Southwestern Ontario Regional Conference

October 26

OHCOW Lunch and Learn: Lunch and Learn (Sarnia);
Topic 1: Psychosocial Ergonomic
Topic 2: Ergonomics Fact or Fiction

CRE-MSD Hallman Public Lecture by Dr. Jack Dennerlein
Demystifying ergonomics in the modern office

October 30

CRE-MSD Thematic Webinar: Dr. Diana De Carvalho
An update on sitting: Is it really killing you? And what you can do to survive

November 7, 8

WSPS Partners in Prevention Conference
Forum North Regional Conference

November 13

Thematic Webinar: Dr. Richard Wells and Dr. Amin Yazdani
A Preview of the New MSD Prevention Guideline

November 16

WSPS Partners in Prevention Conference
Golden Horseshoe Regional Conference