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This resource is written in non-technical language to aid understanding of some key aspects of workplaces that are important for the development of MSD. It may be useful in training or as a resource for safety talks.
Management processes such as Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) such as CSA Z1000, CSA Z1004, ISO 45001, are receiving more interest in Ontario. It has recently been argued that for maximum effectiveness and sustainability, MSD prevention should be integrated into the organization’s management system. The Guideline is written as using the structure and language of management systems, and the specific resources to prevent MSD within the management are specifically identified.
A health and safety professional may not be familiar with the multiple assessment tools for MSD hazards and have difficulty selecting and using tools most appropriate for the situation. The tool picker has the added value that its use across an organization helps assure that similar assessment methods are used in similar jobs permitting more consistent measures between assessors.
Using Six Sigma for MSD Prevention: A case study
Ergonomics Programs or Participative Ergonomics are frequently used for MSD Prevention. Incorporating MSD Prevention into the organization’s management system offers many advantages.
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