Ergonomics Consulting

 

Overexertion and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) involve strains and sprains of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints or nerves. These usually occur over time due to repeated exposure to certain risk factors. Sprains and strains account for over 30% of all lost-time injuries in Ontario. The main goal of ergonomics is to reduce the risk of these injuries by matching demands of the job to the abilities of the employee through the proper design of workstations, tools, environment, work schedules, policies and procedures.

Ergonomic improvements are often associated with improved productivity, quality and morale, greatly increasing your return on investment in health and safety. WSPS can assist you with implementing an ergonomics program. We also offer ergonomics training, consulting and assessments. Our ergonomic specialists work with you and your staff to identify the most effective ways to improve your employees' work environments and implement ergonomic solutions.

Ergonomic Program Development

This service is provided to help organizations formalize and integrate their ergonomics process to manage MSD hazards and optimize system performance. The program developed will be based on accepted industry practices including the MSD Prevention guideline for Ontario, Federal Musculoskeletal Injuries (MSI) Prevention guidelines and Hazard Prevention Program, and/or relevant CSA standards.

Ergonomic Awareness, Coaching and Assessments for Offices

An office ergonomics assessment evaluates the work station design and layout using appropriate assessment tools and ergonomic guidelines for potential hazards associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and, if needed to make recommendations to reduce and/or eliminate these hazards. Recommendations will align with CSA Z412-00 (R2011) Office Ergonomics guideline. Follow up assistance will be provided.

Ergonomics Awareness & Coaching for Offices offers an alternative option for organizations wanting multiple office workstation assessments as a proactive step to prevent MSD related injuries. (employees with existing signs and symptoms are better suited with a detailed office ergonomics assessment, as described above)

MSD Prevention Awareness Session
Awareness sessions are presentations of up to 2 hours in length delivered at your workplace by WSPS consultants. They are designed to help meet your legal duty to provide information about workplace hazards to employees.

Ergonomic Assessments and Physical Demands Descriptions (PDDs) for Industrial

An ergonomics assessment evaluates the demands of the job and can be either a qualitative or quantitative assessment. A quantitative assessment uses appropriate assessment tools (e.g., Snook, Mital, RULA, Strain Index, and University of Michigan 3DSSPP) and ergonomic guidelines to assess the level of risk associated with the MSD hazards identified. A qualitative assessment relies more on judgment to assess risk levels to help prioritize the need for change. In both cases, recommendations are provided to control and/or eliminate MSD hazards.

Physical Demands Descriptions (PDDs), also known as Physical Demands Analysis (PDAs) identify and quantify the physical, cognitive, and environmental demands of the essential and non-essential duties of a job documenting the information in a concise format.

Public Works and Government Services Canada - Office Ergonomic Assessments

WSPS is an Approved Vendor under the NMSO – For Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments! (WSPS Standing Offer Number: E60ZQ-140001/022/ZQ). Workplace Safety & Prevention Services is delighted to have been awarded a Standing Offer under the National Master Standing Offer for Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments through Public Works and Government Services Canada in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). To initiate an assessment, simply complete this online form and a WSPS representative will contact you within two business days.


Sandra Patterson, CRSP, BSc, CCPE, Technical Consultant

With more than 15 years at WSPS, Sandra's ergonomic expertise includes musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) program development, office workstation set-up, program audits and gap analysis, and physical demands and job task analysis (PDAs / JTAs). Sandra Patterson, CRSP, BSc, CCPE, Technical Consultant

 

Consulting Services

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (1 day)

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (1 day)

This comprehensive workshop includes proven methodology and practical hands-on training. Currently available for on-site location delivery.
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$249.00

Nuts and Bolts of Implementing an MSD Prevention Program (1 day)

Nuts and Bolts of Implementing an MSD Prevention Program (1 day)

Learn how to implement an MSD prevention program and assess and control MSD hazards.
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$249.00

Safe Lifting (1/2 day )

Safe Lifting (1/2 day )

Safe Lifting is a half-day, practical course designed to provide training on performing proper lifting techniques. Supervisors and other appropriate personnel are additionally equipped to deliver 10 min Safe Lifting safety talks to their employees.
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Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - English

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - English

NEW! This course provides federally regulated workplaces with proven methodology to identify the root causes of office musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and conduct workstation assessments.

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$209.00

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - French

Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - French

NEW! This course provides federally regulated workplaces with proven methodology to identify the root causes of office musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and conduct workstation assessments.

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$209.00

Building an MSD Prevention Program (Four 1/2 day modules)

Building an MSD Prevention Program (Four 1/2 day modules)

NEW! This course is designed for a group of individuals (employees and management) interested in working together to apply ergonomics principles in the workplace for the purpose of improving working conditions while controlling MSD hazards.

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E-Courses

(ON) Office Ergonomics in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) Office Ergonomics in Ontario (1 hour)

Find solutions to ergonomic issues for your Ontario workplace.
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$49.00

Manual Materials Handling (English) (1 hour)

Manual Materials Handling (English) (1 hour)

Learn how to prevent manual material handling (MMH) injuries at your workplace by developing the skills needed to identify and control risk factors associated with MMH work.
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$49.00

Manual Materials Handling (French) (1 hour)

Manual Materials Handling (French) (1 hour)

Learn how to prevent manual material handling (MMH) injuries at your workplace by developing the skills needed to identify and control risk factors associated with MMH work.
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$49.00

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (English) (1 hour)

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (English) (1 hour)

This course focuses on good ergonomics principles and work organization as key prevention measures.
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$64.00

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (French) (1 hour)

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention (French) (1 hour)

This course focuses on good ergonomics principles and work organization as key prevention measures.
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$64.00

Office Ergonomics (English) (1 hour)

Office Ergonomics (English) (1 hour)

The goal of the course is to provide you with the knowledge to help find solutions to ergonomic issues in your workplace.
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$49.00

Office Ergonomics (French) (1 hour)

Office Ergonomics (French) (1 hour)

The goal of the course is to provide you with the knowledge to help find solutions to ergonomic issues in your workplace.
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$49.00

Lifting It Right: 2014 Online Edition (30 min)

Lifting It Right: 2014 Online Edition (30 min)

Online course by the Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI) and hosted by racing legends Richard and Kyle Petty.

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$24.00

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Awareness

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Awareness

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a potential risk for all sectors and occupations. They can cause discomfort, fatigue, pain, injury, and illness to workers. In fact, work-related musculoskeletal injuries are the most frequent type of lost-time injury and are the largest source of lost-time worker compensation costs in Canada.
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Downloads

Office Workstation Design

Office Workstation Design

This document outlines how workstation layout, lighting and task design can affect the physical and visual demands on people who work with computers.
255 KB pdf
Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (English)

To help identify potential MSD hazards in the workplace that can lead to injuries, including sprains and strains.

202 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention (Spanish)

To help identify potential MSD hazards in the workplace that can lead to injuries, including sprains and strains.

627 KB PDF
Musculoskeletal disorders: two steps to managing your risk

Musculoskeletal disorders: two steps to managing your risk

Small and medium-sized companies struggle to find best practices that can reduce sprains and strains in the workplace. What's the business case for prevention? What does the law say? Discover the two basic steps you need to take to manage this top hazard in your organization, and click on links to additional resources specifically relevant to you.

120 KB PDF
Office Workstation Checklist

Office Workstation Checklist

A fillable PDF checklist that can be used to assess the office workstation for any potential ergonomic issues.

235 KB PDF
Ergonomic Best Practices for the Wood Pallet and Container Association

Ergonomic Best Practices for the Wood Pallet and Container Association

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions or injuries that generally develop over a period of time as a result of repeated exposure to awkward postures, excessive force, and high rates of repetition. They are the most prevalent reported injury and within the wood pallet and container industry this is no exception.
1100 KB PDF
OHSCO MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (French)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (French)

The guideline, resource manual and toolboxes were developed in partnership with the members of OHSCO, which is comprised of the Ministry of Labour, the WSIB, the Institute for Work and Health and the health and safety associations.  The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) also assisted in the development.
663 KB pdf
OHSCO Resource Manual for the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (French)

OHSCO Resource Manual for the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (French)

This manual contains information on implementing the process described in the guideline, understanding and recognizing MSD hazards, assessing risk and controlling hazards.
1394 KB pdf
OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox A (French)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox A (French)

The MSD Prevention Toolbox provides basic and simple-to-use tools and worksheets to ehlp with your MSD prevention program.  The Toolbox is broken into three parts.  This is part A.
1824 KB pdf
OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox B (French)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox B (French)

The primary purpose of Toolbox B is to provide workplace parties with additional information and tools that they can use to enhance their current MSD prevention process and, if required, move beyond a simple MSD risk assessment.  In this toolbox you will find a tool to help you review your MSD prevention process, information on calculating the costs of MSDs, a sample MSD prevention policy / procedure, additional MSD hazard recognition tools, an MSD risk assessment checklist, and a tool to help you communicate the results of an MSD prevention project.
497 KB pdf
OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox C (French)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox C (French)

The primary purpose of Toolbox C is to provide workplace parties with additional information on in-depth MSD risk assessment methods.  The risk assessment methods described in this toolbox may be helpful if the simple risk assessment method as described in the MSD Resource Manual has not identified with MSD hazards are of concern or how exposure can be controlled.
381 KB pdf
OHSCO MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (English)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (English)

The guideline, resource manual and toolboxes were developed in partnership with the members of OHSCO, which is comprised of the Ministry of Labour, the WSIB, the Institute for Work and Health and the health and safety associations.  The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) also assisted in its development.

This guideline describes a recommended framework for MSD prevention.
771 KB pdf
OHSCO Resource Manual for the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (English)

OHSCO Resource Manual for the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (English)

This manual contains information on implementing the process described in the guideline, understanding and recognizing MSD hazards, assessing risk and controlling hazards.
1571 KB pdf
OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox A (English)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox A (English)

The MSD Prevention toolbox provides basic and simple-to-use tools and worksheets to help with your MSD prevention program.  The toolbox is broken into three parts; this is part A.
1789 KB pdf
OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox B (English)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox B (English)

The primary purpose of Toolbox B is to provide workplace parties with additional information and tools that they can use to enhance their current MSD prevention process and, if required, move beyond a simple MSD risk assessment.  In this toolbox you will find a tool to help you review your MSD prevention process, information on calculating the costs of MSDs, a sample MSD prevention policy / procedure, additional MSD hazard recognition tools, an MSD risk assessment checklist, and a tool to help you communicate the results of an MSD prevention project.
475 KB pdf
OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox C (English)

OHSCO MSD Prevention Toolbox C (English)

The primary purpose of Toolbox C is to provide workplace parties with additional information on in-depth MSD risk assessment methods. The risk assessment methods described in this toolbox may be helpful if the simple risk assessment method as described in the MSD Resource Manual has not identified with MSD hazards are of concern or how exposure can be controlled.
324 KB pdf
Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

This guideline will help you understand symptoms, risk factors, and common myths as well as offering some practical information on prevention strategies.
256 KB pdf
Discomfort Survey

Discomfort Survey

An assessment survey to determine musculoskeletal disorders.
341 KB pdf
MSD Hazards Checklist

MSD Hazards Checklist

A checklist to assess the ergonomic risks of each job task.
317 KB pdf
MSD Risk Assessment

MSD Risk Assessment

This document will help you determine if there is a high risk of injury once the potential risk of a musculoskeletal disorder has been identified.
483 KB pdf
Ergonomic Handbook for the Clothing Industry

Ergonomic Handbook for the Clothing Industry

Published by the Union of Needletrades, Industrial Textile Employees, the Institute for Work & Health, and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Inc.

This book looks at conditions in the clothing industry to find out how wrist, shoulder, neck and back injuries can be prevented.
1497 KB pdf

Articles

New tool helps employees move more

New tool helps employees move more

It's Global Ergonomics Month, the perfect time to take action against sedentary lifestyles that could be making your employees sick and costing you money. And WSPS can help you do it.
Oct 12, 2017
Stop forceful gripping, pinching MSDs

Stop forceful gripping, pinching MSDs

A research project involving 4,300 workers at more than 50 workplaces has found that people who often use a forceful gripping and pinching motion could face a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.*
Aug 10, 2017
6 low-tech, low-cost ergo solutions for small business

6 low-tech, low-cost ergo solutions for small business

"When it comes to addressing ergonomic issues," says WSPS ergonomist Mike Lanigan, "small business employers tell me they face three big challenges: cost, time, and resources. 'This is why I can't do it,' they say. "These are very real challenges for businesses of any size," continues Mike, "but low-tech, low-cost solutions exist."

Oct 06, 2016
12 ways you can make Global Ergonomics Month a game-changer

12 ways you can make Global Ergonomics Month a game-changer

October is Global Ergonomics Month - a perfect time to introduce changes in your workplace that reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and improve productivity, says WSPS ergonomist Sandra Patterson. "MSDs consistently remain the single biggest cause of lost workdays, and they occur in every industry sector and age group. Make big gains against these injuries by launching your own campaign during Global Ergonomics Month."

Sep 08, 2016
Material handling blitz #1: inspectors' MSD prevention priorities

Material handling blitz #1: inspectors' MSD prevention priorities

During the Ministry of Labour's material handling blitz, running from September 14 to October 23, inspectors are asking employers about manual handling procedures, related worker training, and workplace supervision. "These are fundamental parts of a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention program," says WSPS ergonomist Sandra Patterson.

Sep 04, 2015
September material handling blitz: conduct your own inspection now

September material handling blitz: conduct your own inspection now

On September 14, the Ministry of Labour will begin a 6-week material handling inspection blitz. Get ahead of the ministry by conducting your own blitz now, advises WSPS consultant Sandy Ash. "Turn this into an opportunity by proactively identifying gaps in your prevention program and implementing an action plan. It's all very positive if it's an impetus for improvement."

Aug 06, 2015
BlackBerry thumb, iPod finger, text neck: these repetitive strain injuries are no joke

BlackBerry thumb, iPod finger, text neck: these repetitive strain injuries are no joke

Don't be misled by the flippant labels. Repetitive strain injuries from overusing handheld electronic devices are just the latest in a long list of equipment- and task-related injuries that can cause painful and sometimes permanent damage to our musculoskeletal system, undermining our well-being and productivity. What's new is how these hazards are creeping from our work lives into our personal lives.

Feb 25, 2015