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The primary purpose of WCB regulation pertaining to ergonomics is to eliminate or reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI). An ergonomics program can also be an effective accident prevention tool for the prevention of other types of injuries. RRU will develop and maintain an Ergonomics Program that will strive to eliminate MSIs in the workplace. The Ergonomics Program will have three components, Risk Analysis & Control, Education and Training and Evaluation.
Risk Analysis & Control
Regular examinations of the various work sites at RRU are to be conducted by trained staff or contracted experts in order to identify and control any MSI risk factors to staff. The examinations are to include the following:
- physical demands of the work activities;
- aspects of the layout and condition of the workplace or workstation;
- characteristics of objects handled;
- environmental conditions;
- characteristics of the organization of work.
RRU will eliminate or minimize the risk of MSI to staff by implementing engineering or administrative controls, or by the use of personal protective equipment where appropriate. If permanent controls are likely to be delayed, RRU will ensure that interim measures are put in place.
Education & Training
Supervisors, in consultation with the Joint OHSC, will ensure that staff who may be exposed to MSI risks are provided with education and training to help them identify early signs and symptoms of MSIs and to follow specific measures to control the risk of MSI, such as work procedures, mechanical aids and personal protective equipment.
RRU, in consultation with the Joint OHSC, will continually monitor the effectiveness of control measures taken to prevent MSIs and take corrective action as appropriate. As part of the annual OHS Program Evaluation, RRU will review its Ergonomics Program.