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MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS Train employees to recognize MSD hazards Train employees on proper lifting techniques Address ergonomic principles in safe work practices and in safe work instructions Consider the impact of overtime on the risk of injury Use proper equipment to help reduce the force required to complete tasks (i.e. eliminate lifting and pushing) Set up work stations and design work flow to minimize awkward positions Put task and job rotations in place to minimize the risk of sprains and strains. Include MSD hazards in workplace inspections Encourage reporting of MSD hazards Ask employees for their opinion on how to reduce MSD hazards in their work area Praise and encourage employees who are working safely Treat MSDs the same as any other workplace injury or incident: investigate and follow-up Lead by example ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Click on titles to access resources. 1. MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario 2. Resources Manual for MSD Prevention 3. MSD Prevention Toolbox A 4. MSD Prevention Toolbox B 5. MSD Prevention Toolbox C 6. MSD Risk Assessment 7. Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) 8. MSD Hazards Checklist 9. Manual Material Handling 10. Office Workstation Design 11. Work, Warm-Up, Stretch and Flexibility Program 12. Ergonomics 13. Physical Demands Analysis form STEP TWO: TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT MSDs IN OUR WORKPLACE (CONTROLS) HAZARD SPOTLIGHT Don't want to journey alone? Call 1 877 494 WSPS (9777) The information contained in this reference material was produced by Food, Pharmaceuticals & Personal Products Advisory Committee and is distributed as a guide only. It is current to the best of our knowledge as at the revision date. No guarantee is made by WSPS as to the absolute correctness and WSPS assumes no responsibility in connection therewith.

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