Webinar - Development of a Survey to Explore Workplace Risk Factors and Hazards Common to Both Musculoskeletal and Psychological Injury

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

In this webinar

Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) professionals are increasingly aware that it is critical to consider relevant psychological risk factors when addressing musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) prevention. However, ergonomists, OHS professionals, and workplaces are continually challenged on how to capture, address, and prevent these risks.  As a result, a survey tool was developed to determine the work-related risk factors and hazards common to both MSD and psychological injury outcomes in workplaces. This webinar will provide the results of this survey tool, identifying the common risk factors to facilitate a more complete risk assessment. The use of this tool will support both MSD prevention and psychological health in the workplace.

About the presenter

Heather Johnston

Dr. Heather O’Reilly (Johnston) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Science at McMaster University and Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Work and Health.

She received a PhD in Kinesiology and Health Science, as well as a Diploma in Health Psychology, from York University and is an associate ergonomist through the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists.

Combining ergonomics, biomechanics, and health psychology, she is passionate about an interdisciplinary approach towards the prevention and management of work-related injuries. Her current research explores the association between work-related MSD and work-related psychological injuries to improve occupational health and safety (OHS) programs, policies, and practices. Her research examines what these burdensome injuries have in common with respect to shared work-related risk factors, hazards, and OHS strategies to address them.


Webinar recording (VIDEO)

For assistance, please contact Betina Butler at bbutler@uwaterloo.ca.

Disclaimer: CRE-MSD receives funding through a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. The views expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre nor of the Province of Ontario.