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There are a number of Musculoskeletal health resources available below, including downloadable documents and links to additional information.


The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) conducts research to improve the understanding of and prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The single largest contributor to lost time claims and costs in Ontario (and worldwide) is MSD. CRE-MSD is recognized for its focus on the primary prevention of MSD: saving workers from injury in the first place.

The goal of ergonomics (i.e. the scientific study of people at work) is to prevent soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) caused by sudden or sustained exposure to force, vibration, repetitive motion, and awkward posture. To create an ergonomically sound work environment, NIOSH ergonomists and industrial hygienists recommend designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting, and equipment to fit employee’s physical capabilities and limitations. On this page you will find the Musculoskeletal Health Program’s ergonomic recommendations and musculoskeletal health-related research.

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