Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury E-tool
Some of the tasks we perform at work such as lifting, reaching, and repeating the same movements can strain our bodies. In some situations, these tasks can result in an injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and joints of the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, legs, and back. This type of injury is called a musculoskeletal injury.
A musculoskeletal injury is a common type of workplace injury in all industries. Injuries resulting from over-exertion and repetitive motion accidents account for about one-third of claims. In some industries, this proportion is much higher.
The Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations list specific requirements to help employers prevent musculoskeletal injuries. This e-Tool provides guidance to help employers, joint health and safety committees, and workplace health and safety representatives to implement an effective strategy to help prevent musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. It includes information that will help you to:
- identify factors that place workers at risk;
- understand the steps in preventing injuries;
- understand how control measures can reduce the risk of injuries; and
- investigate injuries and signs or symptoms.
Click here to go to the Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury E-Tool