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Our focus is musculoskeletal injury prevention; however proper ergonomics has many other benefits.
An ergonomic workplace is one where the interactions among workers and other elements of the workplace are optimized, resulting in:

  1. Maximized comfort and productivity
  2. Reduced risk of injury and mistakes


York's Ergonomics/Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention Program is reviewed every 2 years by OHS in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committees.

Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities for workers, their managers and other stakeholders can be found in the Program mentioned above. Here are the worker responsibilities:

  • attend required training
  • report MSD hazards and concerns to their supervisors
  • take scheduled breaks and take advantage of opportunities to change postures or relax muscles
  • offer suggestions to improve working conditions and procedures
  • be aware of symptoms of MSDs and report them early if they occur
  • ask questions if information and instructions are not understood
  • use proper working techniques
  • use the equipment and tools provided to reduce exposure to MSD hazards
  • know how to make adjustments to equipment and workstations to suit the work performed

Independent Learning

Injuries can occur as a result of 1) a single event or 2) a series of events or activities which on their own are not harmful, but over time can result in an injury. The latter type of injury goes by many names including:

Ergonomics information on the following topics is available:

Instructor-led Learning

Information sessions on the following ergonomics topics are regularly scheduled:

Dates of upcoming sessions

Musculoskeletal Discomfort Response Procedure

Musculoskeletal discomfort can lead to pain and pain can lead to disability. If an employee is experiencing work-related musculoskeletal discomfort, follow the Musculoskeletal Discomfort Response Procedure


Updated on July 9th, 2014.