Global Ergonomics Month is an international outreach campaign promoting human-centred design through the science, application and profession of ergonomics or human factors. These disciplines are focused on optimizing overall system performance and human well-being by proactively designing work and work systems that improve efficiency, productivity, health, safety and comfort.
Poor ergonomics can lead to the following hazards: musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), visibility, and fall. MSDs are the number one type of lost-time work injury reported to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario.
Resources and events:
- Ergonomics resources by OHCOW (Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers)
- October 18: Free Webinar – Characteristics of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Upper Extremity Injury Claims Across Canada From 2000-2019
- Ergonomics in the workplace: understanding the law (Ontario government)
- Posture Check! (PSHSA – Public Services Health and Safety Association)
- Ergonomics (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)
- MSD Prevention Campaign in Health Care and Community Care 2023-2024 (supported by PSHSA and CRE-MSD)
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development inspectors check to see if these hazards in the workplace are addressed.
Under clause 25(2)(h) of the OHSA, employers are required to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the worker.