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Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs): a big term for a major type of workplace injury, often caused when the work doesn’t fit the worker.
These sprains, strains and over-exertions are almost always preventable, yet in 2020 they accounted for 63% of all time-loss claims filed with the WCB. The good news is, small changes can make a big difference. The vast majority of these injuries were to the back and shoulders and were the result of lifting.
Often the risk for MSIs can be reduced or eliminated through simple changes. The best place to start looking for ideas for those changes is through conversations with your colleagues and employees.
October is Global Ergonomics Month. It is an international outreach for promoting human-centered design through the science, application and profession of Ergonomics/Human Factors. Ergonomics is ultimately good for business and good for people.
During Global Ergonomics Month, join WCB Nova Scotia’s Ergonomist Shawn Budden as he takes you through the six steps you can take to reduce MSIs in your workplace. He’ll use our MSI Prevention Guide to teach you how to:
1. Build awareness
2. Identify hazards
3. Assess risk
4. Implement controls
6. Assess the effectiveness of your action plan
With these six steps, you’ll be on your way to making your workplace safer for everyone.
In addition to ergonomics, October is also dedicated to awareness for many other topics that are great opportunities to talk about occupational health and safety. Check out the list of some of them below, and think about how you might highlight these resources in your own workplace.
Mi’kmaq History Month
In an effort to assist all Nova Scotians in increasing their knowledge and awareness of Mi’kmaw culture, history and heritage, a Mi’kmaq History Month Committee was established to promote and encourage educational and cultural activities during the month of October.