Small business owners and managers wear many hats and need to do everything, from payroll to sales. Back pain and other MSD are the biggest cause of pain and disability at work in Ontario and world-wide. The Quick Start Guide is a simple way to improve your workplace. It will improve the safety and health of your workers because work shouldn't hurt.
Health and Safety of workers is a key part of your business. But many workplaces struggle with preventing and dealing with low back pain and other MSD. This Guideline has been written to fit into common health and safety programs and provide step-by-step instructions on what needs to be done and how to do it. Resources have been created to help you problem solve and improve your workplace.
You may already use a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) approach to managing Health and Safety and your business generally. Some workplaces struggle with preventing and dealing low back pain and other MSD. This Guideline is based on Standards that fit into a PDCA management system instead of having MSD prevention separate from other prevention activities. Resources have been created to help you improve your MSD prevention activities.
We are working to continuously develop the MSD Prevention Guideline. Watch for new content, including more resources and case studies.
Read success stories and case studies about preventing MSD. These stories may apply to your workplace and help you make the right decision.
Frequently asked questions. There are lots of myths about preventing MSD at work. With good information and actions, MSD can be prevented.
Keeping your team safe and healthy at work is good for business. WSIB's Health and Safety Excellence program provides a clear roadmap to improve safety in your workplace, whether you're just getting started or want to improve systems and processes you already have in place.
No matter how large or small your business is, the Health and Safety Excellence program can help. Connect with a WSIB-approved provider who can help you address your business’s unique health and safety challenges – and you can earn rebates for the work you do to improve your workplace health and safety.
Check out the Health and Safety Excellence Program website for more information on the program and the benefits.
DISCLAIMER: CRE-MSD receives funding through a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.