Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk factors at work, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. Exposure to these known risk factors for MSDs increases a worker’s risk of injury.
Work-related MSDs can be prevented. Ergonomics — fitting a job to a person — helps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity and reduces the number and severity of work-related MSDs.
Examples of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, muscle strains and low back injuries to name a few. Implementing an ergonomic process is effective in reducing the risk of developing MSDs in high-risk industries as diverse as construction, food processing, firefighting, office jobs, healthcare, transportation and warehousing.
This video will assist employers in providing the proper and necessary training on ergonomics. The course will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete and will cover the following topics:
- Symptoms of MSDs
- Health Effects
- Identifying Problems
- Ways to Control or Reduce Hazards
- Risk Factors and Controls
- Ergonomics Training