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Ergonomics - Work Smarter, Not Harder

Works shouldn't hurt

Ergonomics is used to design better work environments so humans can perform work to the best of their abilities while limiting exposure to Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) hazards.

MSDs are injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, tendons and nerves. MSDs occur in the workplace when the demands of the job exceed the capabilities of the worker. Back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis are just a few examples of MSDs.

At work, ergonomics is focused on three domains physical, organizational and cognitive. Employing ergonomics strategies in these core areas will not only reduce MSD hazards but improve workplace performance.

The science of ergonomics is being considered when implementing other safety programs to ensure proper fit with human capabilities improving success. For more information, contact our Customer Care Department at 905-614-1400 or 1-877-494-WSPS (9777).

New MSD Prevention Guideline

The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD), in partnership with Ontario health and safety system partners, has revised the MSD prevention guidelines originally launched in 2007. This comprehensive and easy to use online tool is available to all workplaces to help in preventing MSDs.

The new Guideline has three interlinked sources:

  • Quick Start Guide for small and micro businesses;
  • Basic Guideline for medium-sized organizations and,
  • Comprehensive Guideline for larger organizations.

The new Guideline includes:

  • an introductory video,
  • newly developed hazard identification and control approaches,
  • animated graphics, and
  • downloadable templates and documents to help organizations prevent MSDs.

Visit to access the tool.

Success in implementation means getting the right advice. Connect with WSPS account managers, consultants and ergonomists for help in preventing MSDs in your workplace.