Canadian Occupational Safety

July/August 2020

Canadian Occupational Safety (COS) magazine is the premier workplace health and safety publication in Canada. We cover a wide range of topics ranging from office to heavy industry, and from general safety management to specific workplace hazards.

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Page 24 of 31 25 5 COMMON WMSDS AND RISK FACTORS © 2020 Thomson Reuters TR1046566-NM Available Risk-Free for 45 Days Online: Call Toll-Free: +1 800 387 5164 | In Toronto: 416 609 3800 Your responsibility to ensure compliance has never been more critical New Edition Pocket Ontario OH&S Act & Regulations 2020 – Consolidated Edition Your peers rely on this bestselling pocket resource for invaluable guidance on workplace safety law. From preparing job hazard analyses and creating safety training programs to performing violence risk assessments, this edition will help your organization meet all your OHSA obligations under the new changes. The "Green Book" is a must-have resource for every Ontario organization. To see what's new in this edition, visit The eBook* version on Thomson Reuters ProView® is available through your web browser, or can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Learn more at *eBook not available to trade bookstores, third-party distributors, and academic institutions. Order # 42728597 $27 Softcover April 2020 approx. 1140 pages 978-0-7798-9428-4 Also available in French Call for details Also available Large format edition with tabs Order # 42728294 $27 Softcover April 2020 approx. 860 pages 978-0-7798-9430-7 Shipping and handling are included. Price(s) subject to change without notice and subject to applicable taxes the right equipment, finding the right postures to avoid MSDs is as important for optimal ergonomic practices. "[Another step] would be to encourage movement — we're too static, sedentary. We need to break up our tasks and encourage movement, change postures frequently." This could, for example, be doing a telephone conversation standing up rather than sitting down, says Village. "Change your postures, change your tasks. What causes these injuries is being in one posture and doing it too long," she says. For workers who do all of these things and still have injuries and concerns, they need to get somebody to do an ergonomic assessment. The Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) has a consultants' directory where workers and employers can find someone to do an assessment of the tasks, work station setup, postures and the equipment that might be causing concern. Village says the association is an important starting place because ergonomists aren't licensed by schools the way physiotherapists and occupational therapists are. They have an independent board called the Canadian College for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists (CCCPE). The certification board was established to make sure that ergonomists have the necessary academic training combined with ergonomics work experience. Hiring a certified ergonomist ensures you have someone qualified to assess your work station. Working from home The traditional workplace has been disrupted over the last few months due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health crisis has forced many office workers to work remotely. Although there is talk of easing restrictions over the next few months, many workers are still working from home and will no doubt continue to work from home — partly out of necessity and partly because this pandemic has led to a fundamental shift in how we consider our Tendonitis/tenosynovitis: Repetitive wrist motions, repetitive shoulder motions, sustained hyper extension of arms and prolonged load on shoulders Epicondylitis (elbow tendonitis): Repeated or forceful rotation of the forearm and bending of the wrist at the same time Carpal tunnel syndrome: Repetitive wrist motions Thoracic outlet syndrome: Prolonged shoulder flexion, extending arms above shoulder height and carrying loads on the shoulder Tension neck syndrome: Prolonged restricted posture Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

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