According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), MSDs represent over 40% of all lost-time compensation claims in Ontario. The combined direct and indirect costs are conservatively estimated to be $19 billion from 1996-2006.

Left unaddressed, MSDs threaten both worker health and safety and the province's economic performance. Preventing MSDs can help workplaces to reduce costs, boost productivity, improve product and service quality and stimulate innovation.


Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to the most frequently asked questions about musculoskeletal disorders, visit the MSD FAQs page.



IHSA continues to develop new services to meet members' ergonomic needs. The following is a list of the latest ergonomic and MSD programs IHSA has to offer.


Strategy for MSD prevention

Click here to evaluate how well you are managing MSDs.

MSD Prevention Guideline

The MSD Prevention Guideline describes a recommended framework for MSD prevention.


MSD Policies

Click here to download an example of an MSD Prevention Policies and Program.


MSD Poster: Prevent Workplace Pains and Strains

The Prevent Workplace Pains and Strains poster can be downloaded and posted at your workplace to encourage workers to prevent pains and strains. Also available in French.


Federal MSD Resources




Safety Talks


Health and Safety Manual






MSD Resources

For more information on how you can reduce MSDs at your place of business, click the links below.



The reports below contain statistical information about musculoskeletal injuries in Ontario for the years 2009 to 2012. Reports are categorized by construction, electrical and transportation rate groups.


Ergonomics Links

Click here for a list of web-based information on a variety of ergonomic topics, containing research and general information.