Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

Work shouldn't hurt

Visit the provincial website for prevention of musculoskeletal disorders: for additional information and free resources about this top workplace injury
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) account for almost half of all lost-time claims in Ontario. These pains and strains take a toll on worker quality of life, morale, and productivity. 
As a company, you choose which path to take: a costly reactive path that relies on luck to prevent injuries, or a proactive path that eliminates pains and strains. Visit the Health and Safety Excellence program to learn how you can earn WSIB rebates while improving your health and safety program.


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Leading Practises


Office Ergonomics - Free e-learning for Office Workers

The training program was developed by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) in partnership with Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and U.S.-based Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety.eOfficeErgo: Ergonomics e-Learning for Office Workers is an evidence-based and standard-compliant online training program designed for employees who regularly use computers on the job.
By the end of the program, learners will be able to: 
  • Discuss the risks associated with computer work
  • Explain the importance of varying their work posture
  • Determine the key factors in maximizing their “comfort zone”
  • Evaluate their office work environment
  • Apply ergonomics strategies to the arrangement of their work environment
  • Explain the importance of healthy computing habits, including rest breaks
The program includes nine interactive modules and is designed so participants can learn at their own pace, in their own environment. The course takes approximately 90 minutes in total to complete and allows users to start and stop the program as time allows.
The course is available in three formats: a free web-based version, a SCORM-compliant version that offers tracking functionality, and a SCORM-compliant version that you can download for use in your own Learning Management System (LMS).
The web-based version is available from IWH here:
The Access Form for receiving the SCORM-compliant version that you can download for use in your own LMS is available here:

Physical Demands Analysis

A Physical Demands Analysis is a technique used to objectively measure the physical demands associated with a job. The tool evaluates the job and not the individual through describing the demands of the job. A Physical Demands Analysis is integral for a return-to-work (RTW) program.
A PDA should be completed jointly by a worker and an employer representative. The employer representative should have knowledge of how to complete PDA’s (i.e. a training course).  If PDA’s are developed by an external person, they should be reviewed and signed off by a worker and employer representative.

Physical Demands Analysis - General

Physical Demands Analysis - Mobile Equipment



Safety Talks

Musculoskeletal Disorder Safety Talk

Ergonomic Safety Talks