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Considering ergonomics could make all the difference

Health and safety are about understanding risks to employees in constantly changing environments where we are trying to predict, identify and eliminate risk and — ultimately — influence behaviour, writes Don Patten.

CCOHS making select workplace courses available for free during pandemic

Offerings include information focused on office ergonomics, telework safety and mental health through unfamiliar circumstances.

Working from home? Safety is your responsibility

If you are working from home, it is your responsibility to ensure you’ve created a space to work that is safe and healthy for you, writes Wes Mazur.

Strains, sprains leading cause of workplace injury in Ontario

Common repetitive strain injuries include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis and damage to the rotator cuff.

New Study Links “New Normal” of Home-Based Office Work to Increased Risk of Ergonomic Injuries

Millions of employees working in the “new normal” of home-based offices because of COVID-19, are at increased risk of suffering from musculoskeletal injuries from improper ergonomic set-ups, according to research from the University of Cincinnati. This risk comes from increases in static postures, repetitive motions, and contract stress.

Given this “new normal” situation, employers have been left to figure out how best to care for their employees as they work in these temporary workspaces. The good news - with some creativity and common household items, employees can address these danger areas while improving their comfort.

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A tale of two sexes

Women have a higher risk of some musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) than men — even when both genders engage in the same tasks. » Read More

Smartphones: more than just a pain in the neck

Research and tools underscore the high ergonomic risks to smartphone users, particularly young people who experience neck pain earlier than previous generations. » Read More