MSD prevention: a practical implementation guide for Newfoundland and Labrador

Reasons for the study

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a substantial burden for workers, workplaces and workers' compensation systems. MSDs accounted for 68 per cent of all claims involving lost time from work in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) from 2012 to 2016, and are estimated to cost $87 million in annual claims costs. While the burden of MSDs is similar in other jurisdictions in Canada and worldwide, the prevention of MSDs in NL may require solutions that are more context specific.

This project will conduct a comprehensive synthesis of current MSD prevention practices that includes important details about contextual factors that are particular to the province of NL (jurisdiction, sector, job tasks, etc.). In addition, the project will also produce an easy-to-use, evidence-based and practical guide to aid NL workplaces in implementing effective MSD prevention practices in the NL context. The aim of the project and resulting guide is to reduce the burden of MSDs in Newfoundland and Labrador by improving MSD prevention practices.

Objectives of the study

  • To collect and synthesize current MSD prevention¬†practices along with evidence from the scientific literature
  • To create a practical guide to support the implementation of effective and innovative MSD prevention programs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Anticipated results/impact

Workplaces from all sectors in NL who require strategies to prevent and accommodate MSDs in the workplace will benefit from the results of this project.

Project status

Ongoing

Research team

Funded by

Service Newfoundland