New Ontario MSD Prevention Guideline
The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) has led a collaborative process to develop a new Ontario MSD Prevention Guideline, updating the older 2007 version and targeting the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development priorities in the Strategic Framework such as Small Businesses.
Pains and strains, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), low back pain, shoulder pain, or carpal tunnel syndrome, collectively known as Musculoskeletal Disorders or MSD, represent one of the leading causes of disability and pain in workers and the largest source of employers’ compensation claims. This new Guideline will assist organizations in the prevention of MSD through the use of its content and resources.
The new Guideline has been designed for all companies and workers to address the prevention of MSD, and is composed of three interlinked sources: a Quick Start Guideline for small and micro businesses; a Basic Guideline for medium-sized organizations; and a Comprehensive Guideline for large organizations. No matter the size or resources of ones’ organization, all the Guideline sources have useful features.
The Quick Start Guideline was tested in hundreds of very small businesses and has identified six key workplace factors that may increase the risk of developing MSD. The website content includes an introductory video, newly developed hazard identification and control approaches, graphics, and downloadable templates and documents.