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

Develop a plan to address hazards and issues reported by workers to prevent future pain and disability.


It's good for business

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? 


We are working to continuously develop the MSD Prevention Guideline. Watch for new content, including more resources and case studies.



MSD prevention site factsheet



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


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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.



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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.




WSIB's Health and Safety Excellence Program


Why join?


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.



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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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