Inadequately planned workspaces and poorly designed tasks can significantly contribute to the development of debilitating and life-altering musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Musculoskeletal impairments include over 150 diseases and conditions that affect workers’ muscles, bones, joints, and nearby tissues every day, causing temporary or lifelong limitations. MSDs are the leading type of work-related lost-time claim reported to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario. They also cost workplaces hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Associated risk factors include force, repetition, awkward and static postures, extreme temperatures, contact stress, as well as vibration from equipment and machinery. Managing MSD hazards within a workplace is not just a best practice but also a legal obligation. Employers are mandated to implement every reasonable precautionary measure to safeguard the well-being of their workforce. Most work-related MSDs can be proactively prevented, and devising an action plan for solutions that includes training
is an easy measure.
Being proactive about workplace ergonomics brings various benefits, such as:
- Improved worker health, workplace morale and labour relations
- Decreased MSDs, WSIB costs and lost time.
Training a straightforward, cost-effective solution
WHSC has developed and implemented two training programs
that are specially priced at $20 for the month of February
. Offered virtually or in-person and always instructor led – Ergonomics & MSDs
is intended as an introductory course for the prevention of MSDs in various workplaces, while Ergonomics: Basic Principles
offers more in-depth training.
These two programs are designed to provide workers, joint health and safety committees, supervisors and worker health and safety representatives in smaller workplaces with the knowledge and skills to recognize, assess and control, if not eliminate, factors that contribute to MSDs as well as identify other hazards that impact work.
Registration for virtual and in-person classroom training closes two weeks before each training date, so act quickly to secure your seat and access lower pricing.
Don’t miss out on our new year special promotion of other essential training programs also available for a limited time.
Need more information?
Contact a WHSC training services representative
in your area
to learn about all our program offerings
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