Development of a new MSD prevention guide for Ontario

A multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) of non-traumatic origin – such as low back injury, shoulder tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome – remain a major cause of disability and pain with high costs for the individual, firms, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), and society.

The Ontario MSD Prevention Guideline and Toolbox, developed by the Ontario Health and Safety System, is recognized as a key resource for MSD Prevention. It was originally developed under the auspices of the Occupational Safety and Health Council of Ontario (OSHCO) in 2005-06. Building on this previous work by the Ontario Health and Safety System, CRE-MSD will lead a project to develop a new Ontario Prevention Guide.
View the current MSD prevention guideline.

The overall goals of this project are to:

  • Evaluate the current Guideline, determine workplaces’ needs for prevention, and synthesize best practices with respect to MSD prevention
  • Develop the new prevention guide content and selected draft materials
  • Test the content of the new guide and materials with workplaces

We are using a collaborative approach to engage and work with a wide range of workplace stakeholders including: workers and workers’ representatives, employers and employers’ representatives, the Ontario Health and Safety System, sectoral industrial and business associations, Ministry of Labour/Prevention, ergonomists, and health and safety consultants. In addition to the stakeholder working group, a research and a core working group will also be involved in the various phases during the development of the Ontario MSD Prevention Guide.

A pictoral representation of the collaborative stakeholder approach used for the development of the new MSD prevention guide for Ontario.

The project framework for the project consists of four phases to be completed over a span of two years, from March 2016 to March 2018. CRE-MSD is currently in the first phase of the development.

Want to get involved? Please contact Amin Yazdani, project manager.

CRE-MSD receives funding through a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The views expressed are views of the Centre and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.