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Ontario promotes Global Ergonomics Month

Inspectors target hazards leading to musculoskeletal disorders

October 7, 2016
by MM&D Online Staff

TORONTO, Ontario—Ontario will participate in a number of activities during Global Ergonomics Month in October to prevent workplace hazards that could lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

MSDs are the number one type of injury involving workers losing time at work that is reported to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

In October, Ministry of Labour (MOL) inspectors will target MSD hazards during visits to health care workplaces, focusing on areas such as kitchen and food services, janitorial and housekeeping, laundry, pharmacy, laboratories, and medical clinics, as part of a three-year health care enforcement initiative.

“We all have a role to prevent MSDs at work. The enforcement initiative and other activities during Global Ergonomics Month will help ensure every worker in Ontario returns home safe and sound at the end of each working day,” said Peter Augruso, assistant deputy minister, operations division, MOL.

Workplace health and safety associations will also participate in Global Ergonomics Month by:

  • publishing articles on MSDs
  • hosting conferences, webinars, and lectures
  • offering various learning and training events

MSDs are injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, tendons, nerves and spinal discs. MSDs can develop from ongoing exposure to:

  • repetitive work
  • forceful exertions such as lifting, pulling and pushing heavy objects or equipment
  • awkward or sustained posture

Ergonomics is a scientific discipline that seeks to understand the interactions of humans with elements such as: tools, equipment, products, tasks, technology and environments.

Ontario’s participation in Global Ergonomics Month is part of the government’s commitment to keeping workers safe on the job by preventing MSD hazards in the workplace.