Ergonomics Compliance Centre

Employers have a duty to minimize ergonomic hazards in the workplace for two reasons. Injuries caused by poor design, repetitive motion and excessive force or vibration—alternately called musculoskeletal, soft tissue or repetitive motion injuries or disorders—account for a high percentage of all workplace injuries. And the OHS laws in all Canadian jurisdictions, either expressly or implicitly, require employers to protect workers from ergonomic hazards. So you need to understand employers’ legal obligations. Then you can identify and assessergonomics-related hazards and implement appropriate measures to address those hazards. But convincing management to invest in ergonomics can be tough. We tell you how to cut through senior management’s resistance and get money for ergonomics improvements. And we give you seven strategies to make your ergonomics program a success once it’s up and running.

Guidance and Insight

It’s International RSI Awareness Day Again

Feb. 28, 2017 is International RSI Awareness Day, a good time to focus on eliminating the hazards that can cause workers to develop these common injuries.

MAKING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR SAFETY: Case Study Shows Benefits of Participatory Ergonomics Continue...

A case study shows how a utility is still benefiting from a participatory ergonomics program it implemented 10 years ago.

For Global Ergonomics Month, Consider Ergonomics in Hazard Assessments

If you’re not considering ergonomics in your hazard assessments, you should start doing so or you may fail to identify risks to your workers’ health.

SPOT THE SAFETY VIOLATION: Lifting Dos & Don’ts

It’s no wonder this worker is grimacing in pain. Is there a better—and safer—technique he could be using to lift these boxes? Learn the lifting dos & don'ts.

Feb. 29, 2016 Is International RSI Awareness Day

Feb. 29, 2016 is the 17th International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is intended to raise awareness of these common injuries.

Tools

Checklist to Assess Controls of RSI Risk Factors

To help identify and assess potential controls for RSI-related risk factors for a specific task or job, consider the questions in this checklist.

Overexertion Toolbox Talk Handout

Adapt this handout and give it to workers as part of a safety talk to educate them on overexertion and other risk factors that can lead to MSIs.

10 Commandments of Ergonomics

Print out this handout and display it in the workplace as a reminder for workers of good ergonomics practices to prevent MSIs.

Model Ergonomics Policy

Adapt this model ergonomics policy for your workplace, OHS program and the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS regulations and train all staff on it.

Lifting Hazard Assessment Checklist

Use this checklist to quickly identify potential problems when workers are required to lift or carry materials.