Why take action to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders?

It’s the law

In Ontario, there are specific regulations (e.g., Healthcare or Industrial Regulations) covering MSD hazards and resulting disorders, such as low back pain or shoulder injuries. MSD hazards are also covered by the “General Duty Clause” (In Ontario, Part III of the OHS Act, 25 (2)(h)). It remains the employer’s responsibility to identify and control MSD hazards.

It’s the right thing to do

Reduces current and future pain and disability suffered by workers.

It makes good sense

An MSD prevention program reduces direct and indirect costs of injury such as indemnity costs. Further, it improves product and process quality. There is a large amount of research linking the use of ergonomics in the design of production systems with improved quality performance in manufacturing. Factors for decreased quality identified in the analysis included those related to Product Design, Production Process Design, and Workstation Design while a much smaller number of factors are associated with individual factors.


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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