In February, the Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) will conduct an inspection blitz that will focus on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (“MSD”).
MSD is an umbrella term which refers to a number of injuries and disorders of the muscles, tendons, nerves, etc. Injuries can include back pain, muscle strain and tendonitis. MSD is the most commonly reported type of injury in Ontario, and typically arise from improper manual materials handling and/or poor workplace ergonomics.
During blitzes, MOL Inspectors are sent to workplaces across Ontario. They arrive without warning, ask questions, and search for hazards that may be the source of workplace injuries. With respect to MSD, MOL Inspectors will likely focus on tasks that require workers to exert force in lifting, pushing or carrying items and tasks that put workers in awkward postures or are repetitive.
Accordingly, and to avoid charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers should take all reasonable precautions to prevent MSD. Such steps include:
Once an employer has taken these preventive measures, it is prudent to follow up to ensure that these measures are working. More specific information on MSD prevention can be found on the MOL website at:
If you have any further questions about these inspection blitzes, or any other questions relating to occupational health and safety, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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