MSD Prevention Tips
MSDs or Musculoskeletal Disorders are injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves as a result of repetitive, forceful and/or awkward movements. Injuries include back pain, muscle strain, tendonitis, pain, tingling, numbness and elbow/shoulder pain.
Injuries can be avoided! There are steps you can take to reduce and/or eliminate exposure to hazards and minimize your chances of developing an MSD.
Make basic changes to your workspace:
- Rearrange your workplace to reduce awkward bending, reaching or lifting;
- Take breaks to give muscles a rest; or
- Opt for a chair that is suitable for the work you are doing.
All will help reduce your risk of MSD injuries in the workplace.
Assess your workstation and equipment for potential hazards and report any issues to your manager. Concerns will be passed to Health & Safety Services where an occupational health nurse will:
- Complete an ergonomic assessment;
- Recommend loaner equipment such as a new mouse or different chair;
- Provide personal training on proper keyboard and mouse location, chair adjustment, placement of equipment, etc.; or
- Provide information on stretches that will help reduce your risk.
Remember that many activities outside of the workplace ranging from computer use to hobbies and playing sports can also impact your level of risk for developing MSDs.
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