MSDs can sneak up on employees

Ergonomics training can help prevent injuries, minimize risk factors
By Margo Fraser
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/07/2015

Office ergonomics training is one critical aspect of an overall musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention program. While other types of injuries, such as sprains and strains, tend be acute — that is, a negative consequence immediately after exposure to the incident — MSDs are more insidious in their development as they tend to result from cumulative exposure to related risk factors.


MSDs are difficult to detect because the symptoms often start off as low-level discomfort or fatigue in the affected body part, and come and go such that the individual may believe the symptoms have resolved.