MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario

About Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention

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You may be a worker looking for information on low back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome or an organization looking to prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

We have created ways for different groups and people to get more quickly to content that is most useful to them.

Every organization is different. To cater to the range of knowledge and resources in health and safety and ergonomics, we have created three parallel collections of resources for prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), Quick Start, Basic and Comprehensive Guidelines.

Learn more about the MSD prevention guidelines
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Don't know how to get started?

Our guideline selector will ask you a few questions to help determine which guideline will be the best fit for your organization. Each guideline follows the same structure, making it easy to switch between them as needed.

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Understanding MSD

Musculoskeletal Disorders (or MSD) is an umbrella term for a number of injuries and disorders of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Many body areas can be affected. The lower back is the most commonly affected, followed by the shoulders, neck, elbow, hands, and wrists. Other terms with the same meaning as MSD include:

  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)
  • Musculoskeletal Injury (MSK or MSI), and/or
  • Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS)
Learn more about MSD

Highlighted Resources

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