No Pain, No Strain - Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders

That burning sensation in your knees, nagging neck injury, or that pain you get
in your back after a long day on the loading dock; all of these are
musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and the leading cause of lost time work days.

MSDs are often painful and disabling. They can affect all facets of your life -
activities at work, home and in leisure. Even in early stages, recovery from an
MSD can require months or years of treatment, and in severe cases, there may be
permanent disability.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a
publication, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Prevention Manual, as a resource
to help you identify, eliminate, and control the sources of MSD in your
workplace. The manual is designed to help you identify and understand how
manual material handling (lifting, pushing, and pulling) tasks contribute to
MSDs, and provides you with the guidance and tools you need for developing an
MSD prevention program for your workplace.

Everyone at the workplace can benefit from the guidance in this manual:

  • Employers will be able to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses by implementing a MSD prevention program.

  • Health and Safety Committee members and Health and Safety Professionals will find this guide a good resource for reducing risk factors and helping to develop an MSD prevention program.

  • All employees can use the information and case studies in this manual to understand their risks and get guidance in best practices that will help reduce MSD injuries.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety