Musculoskeletal injuries are various conditions that may be caused or aggravated by overusing muscles, tendons and joints. Other terms used for MSI’s include cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive motion injuries, repetitive strain injuries, soft tissue injuries and occupational overuse syndrome. Tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome are two common types of MSIs.
In The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 (Section 81), MSIs include injuries or disorders of the:
- bones, joints and ligaments
- muscles and tendons
- nerves and invertebral discs
- supporting blood vessels
Under this regulation, employers are required to inform workers about the risks of MSIs and to identify and correct factors that could lead to such injuries.
Why practice good ergonomics?
As well as reducing MSIs, good ergonomics can reduce operating costs, improve quality of work, increase productivity and efficiency, improve morale and reduce absenteeism and turnover.
Interested in learning more about preventing MSIs?
Attend a computer workstation training (CWAT) course. Learn more