Information and tools you can use to help prevent MSD.
Workplace Solutions to Back Pain, Shoulder Tendinitis, Tennis Elbow & Other Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD):
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This Ontario ergonomics cost-benefit calculator is based on the Washington State Ergonomics Cost-Benefit Calculator, created by Rick Goggins through The Puget Sound Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries in 2015. “The calculator allows you to compare three intervention options, and provides estimates of benefits and payback periods. The calculator is based on a review of 250 case studies in which organizations reported the outcomes of ergonomics programs and individual solutions.”


The Ontario based calculator differs from the Washington State calculator as it uses WSIB injury cost data collected pre-pandemic (2018-2019) or during the pandemic (2020-2022) to determine the cost of injuries. The remaining calculations to determine estimates of benefits and payback period are based on the Washington State calculator and have not been altered.


Find the instructions for use of this calculator here.





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.