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The Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) is leading a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a new MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario.
At a workshop in June 2017, early drafts of the Guidelines were presented to a wide range of workplace stakeholders. Extensive feedback and input was provided by the participants. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an update on progress since the workshop.
About the presenters
Dr. Richard Wells is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, at the University of Waterloo. He is interested in injuries and disorders to the upper limbs and back occurring in the workplace, commonly called repetitive strain injuries or work-related musculoskeletal disorders. He uses a number of approaches to looking at the problem including studies on cadavers in the anatomy lab, laboratory studies of function, workplace studies to quantify the demands of various jobs, ergonomic intervention studies to examine the process and effectiveness of changing the workplace and epidemiological studies to link the work people perform and injuries and disorders that might result. Richard has been involved in ergonomics standards and regulations with ACGIH and OSHA in the USA, and in the Ontario Strategy for the Prevention of MSD and CSA. He is an associate Director of CRE-MSD, an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, and was recently named a Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).
Dr. Amin Yazdani is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at McMaster University, and Associate Faculty at Conestoga College. He uses a multidisciplinary strategy to develop innovative approaches to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and work disability in workplaces. Amin's research interest is in standardization of ergonomics in design by developing best practices and development of technical standards. He has extensive experience in collaborating with small, medium, and large organizations to implement organizational-wide approaches to prevent workplace injuries by improving health, safety, and wellbeing of workers. He is an active member of the technical committee for development of a Canadian Standard on Office Ergonomics (CSA Z412). Currently he is spearheading and co-leading several important initiatives at the national level, including the development of three different Canadian Standards: Work disability prevention management system; Design and use of paramedic emergency response vehicles and equipment; and carer-inclusive and accommodating organizations.
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