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Online tool targets pains, strains

A new interactive, online tool is now available to help Ontarians find out more about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

MSDs—or repetitive strain injuries—occur in the muscles, tendons, and nerves as a result of continued exposure to repetitive work, awkward postures, and other factors.

In an effort to inform people about—and prevent—these injuries, the online tool lets users click on body parts to get information.

For each body part, it highlights tasks that may lead to an MSD.

It also recommends ways to reduce potential hazards, such as slouching at your desk.

The tool is part of the provincial government’s broader efforts to prevent workplace injuries.The government also partners with labour organizations and others to combat MSDs by providing resources to employers and workers.

These include a prevention guide, resources manual, and tool-kits.

“Our government is committed to ensuring workers are protected from injuries and major health hazards, including from ergonomic-related injuries,” said Labour minister Peter Fonseca.

“The new interactive tool for musculoskeletal disorders will help reduce these types of injuries by raising awareness, and educating workers and employers on how to prevent them,” he added.

In 2008, 43 percent of all lost-time injuries involved MSDs. This amounted to more than 33,000 injured workers.

MSDs cost the economy more than $2 billion between 2003 and 2008.

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