Engineering Professional

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Engineers are heavily involved in creating our built environment, including workplaces. Most design decisions impact the human operators in the work system: i.e., workers. Recognizing key risk factors for MSD permits the creation of safer, more productive operations producing higher quality products and services. For more information, please refer to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Internal Responsibility System (IRS).

The Engineering Professional may find the following sections of the Guideline of interest:

  • The Quick Start Guide

    • This summary is written in non-technical language and may be useful in understanding some key aspects of workplaces that are important for the development of MSD and for training purposes.

  • Ergonomists can add value to Six Sigma teams 

    • Engineers play a major role in the design of the built environment, especially workplaces. They have knowledge, experience and information to design and modify workplaces. They use specific tools, but they often use tools common to multiple groups in a workplace. One such method is a general improvement and problem-solving technique called Six Sigma. Companies that use Six Sigma to improve quality, safety and productivity, can also use Six Sigma tools for MSD hazard identification, problem solving, and reduction. Engineers and managers are familiar with using the Six Sigma approach and tools. Adopting these processes and tools for MSD hazards will offer a common language and strategy. This will encourage managers and engineers to relate to MSD and will raise their awareness of MSD hazards.

  • Guideline Processes Based on Management System 

    • Management processes such as Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA), Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) such as CSA Z1000, CSA Z1004, ISO 45001, are receiving more interest in Ontario Health and Safety System. It has recently been argued that for maximum effectiveness and sustainability, MSD prevention should be integrated into an organization’s management system. The Guideline is written using the structure and language of management systems, and the specific resources to prevent MSD within the management system are specifically identified.


MSD prevention site factsheet

What's New?

Welcome to the new MSD Prevention Guideline site. We are working hard to develop it further. Look out for new content, including more "Hazards and Controls" . 


MSD prevention site factsheet

Introduction Factsheet

Download the factsheet introducing the new MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario.


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Success Stories

Read success stories and case studies about preventing MSD. These stories may apply to your workplace and help you make the right decision. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

There are lots of myths about preventing MSD at work. With good information and actions, MSD can be prevented


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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.

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