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.


 

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

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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F05 - Conducting Office Ergonomic Assessments (Federal) - English

F05 - 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. Disponible en français.

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$209.00

F06 - Comment effectuer des évaluations ergonomiques de bureau (législation fédérale) - Français

F06 - Comment effectuer des évaluations ergonomiques de bureau (législation fédérale) - Français

NOUVEAU! Ce cours fournit au personnel des entreprises sous réglementation fédérale une méthodologie éprouvée pour déterminer les causes fondamentales des troubles musculosquelettiques et effectuer des évaluations de postes de travail. Available in English.

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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

La manutention manuelle des matériaux (français) (1 heure)

La manutention manuelle des matériaux (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours permet aux participants d'apprendre comment prévenir les blessures liées à la manutention manuelle des matériaux (MMM) dans leur milieu de travail en développant les compétences nécessaires pour repérer et maîtriser les facteurs de risque associés aux travaux comportant de la MMM

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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

Les troubles musculosquelettiques : prévention (français) (1 heure)

Les troubles musculosquelettiques : prévention (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours expose les principes d'ergonomie et les méthodes d'organisation du travail qui constituent les principales mesures de prévention.

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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

L'ergonomie au bureau (français) (1 heure)

L'ergonomie au bureau (français) (1 heure)

Ce cours a pour but de fournir aux participants des connaissances leur facilitant la recherche de solutions à des problèmes d'ergonomie en milieu de travail.

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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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$0.00

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.
585 KB PDF
WSPS Ergonomics Poster

WSPS Ergonomics Poster

Ergonomics is more than just comfortable chairs. It's about making our environment work with our abilities and limitations. It includes the organizational, cognitive and physical fit with our environment.

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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
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

Articles

10 ways to keep MSDs at bay

10 ways to keep MSDs at bay

Varying movement is an essential strategy for preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on the job. 
"It gets the blood flowing and the muscles working and boosts physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being," says WSPS Ergonomics Specialist Don Patten. 
May 14, 2018
5 ways RSI Day can help you prevent MSDs

5 ways RSI Day can help you prevent MSDs

February 28 is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, an annual international event to raise awareness of RSIs. Why all the attention? These injuries represent one in three lost-time injury claims in Ontario. For employers, this translates in to 345,000 days lost and $57 million in WSIB costs every year.*

Feb 26, 2018
How gender can impact your MSD risk

How gender can impact your MSD risk

Do you consider gender differences when designing your workplace? It's important to recognize and understand that there are a range of needs in your place of work.
Jan 19, 2018
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