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MSD Hazards in the Workplace

A health care professional who treats a person with a work-related MSD will need to outline any limitations to activity. For example, a person with a shoulder strain, may be advised to position their work close to their body between the level of their chest and waist, and to minimize the weight handled. The person with the MSD, their employer, and the WSIB use updates in abilities from health care professionals to identify safe and suitable work.

The MSD Prevention Guideline, and in particular the mini posters in the Quick Start Guide, can be used to educate patients on the workplace hazards that generally increase the rise and re-aggravation of MSD.

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MSD Guidelines


Preliminary Assessments

These tools typically contain a list of questions with either yes/no or multiple-choice style responses to note the presence or absence of an MSD hazard and some of its characteristics.

Hazard Controls

The hierarchy of controls is a system developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that ranks hazard controls from most effective (elimination) to least effective (personal protective equipment). Learn more about the Hierarchy of Controls.


Changes to the work organization and work practices to reduce exposure to MSD hazards, such as job rotation, pace of work, training, breaks, etc.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Barriers between the worker and the hazard that are worn by the worker.

Supplementary Guideline Resources


Step 4

Conduct Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments

Step 6

Control Hazards & Implement Changes to Achieve Targets & Goals

Step 8

Evaluate Controls, the Program and the Organization’s Performance

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