“2% of the workforce becomes disabled every year. Due to poor employment practices and the need for rehabilitation leave many of these people are not retained by their employers.”
Reducing the rising costs of work place injuries, lost time days and injuries associated with Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) hazards in the workplace is a priority for all employers. The Ministry of Labour (MOL) expects employers to identify MSD hazards in the workplace and implement communication protocols and processes to effectively manage these hazards as part of their health and safety program. Through ergonomics, MSD hazards that may cause injury are identified followed by developing control strategies to reduce or remove these hazards.
PDM ergonomic program is designed to help employers:
- Comply with legislative requirements by identifying MSD hazards via a defined process (outlining all steps to be followed in the program by key stakeholders) to control and prevent MSD in the workplace.
- Implement training to communicate MSD Prevention Program to ensure employee/supervisor/management, JHSC participation and compliance
- Enable employees to report symptomology to management before injury or lost time from work occurs through a defined process within an MSD Prevention Program
- Enable a cultural shift in the workplace by facilitating accountability from employees/managers/supervisors in ensuring safety compliance, improved productivity and cost control.