Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces

MSDs & Respiratory Hazards

The Ministry of Labour’s Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces initiative runs from September 1 through December 27, 2019. This initiative will focus on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory hazards in health care, construction, industrial and mining sectors.

 

The initiative consists of two phases. Phase 1 focuses on compliance assistance by providing resources and education to workplace parties on MSD prevention and the prevention and control of respiratory hazards to raise awareness and help them comply with health and safety regulations. Phase 1 runs from September through December. Phase 2 consists of the inspections blitz which will run from October through December.

 

Below is a selection of resources from PSHSA and Ontario’s Health & Safety System to support workplaces as they prepare for the upcoming initiative. 

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

 

MSDs are injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They may be caused or aggravated by various hazards or risk factors in the workplace such as high force, awkward or static postures, and repetitive motions. The musculoskeletal system includes: muscles, tendons and tendon sheathes, nerves, bursa, blood vessels, joints/spinal discs, and ligaments.

 

 

In-class Training

 

 

eLearning

 

 

Webinars

 

 

Fast Facts

 

 

Posters

 

 

Tools

 

 Respiratory Hazards

 

Respiratory hazards refer to airborne contaminants such as biological contaminants, dusts, mists, fumes and gases, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres. Inhaling such contaminants can cause damage to many parts of the body, including most commonly the nervous system, lungs, nose and throat.

 

 

In-class Training

 

 

eLearning

 

 

Fast Facts

 

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