12 Months of Safety
October 2023

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are some of the most common workplace injuries that workers in the food processing and manufacturing industries experience. They may be caused by or aggravated by repetitive ordinary work and movements or overexertion to accomplish a task. They can also be the result of motor vehicle accidents or slips, trips, and falls. Well-known MSIs include sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, trigger finger, white finger diseases, and epicondylitis (tennis elbow).

This module will share some basic information on identifying sprain and strain hazards, and introduce ergonomic exercises and stretches to help prevent or minimize sprains and strains.

Sprains and Strains Resources and Tools


Sprains and Strains

Module

Sprains and strains are some of the most common workplace injuries that workers in the food processing and manufacturing industries experience. This module will share some basic information on how to identify sprain and strain hazards, and introduce ergonomic exercises and stretches to help prevent or minimize sprains and strains.
MSI Prevention Guidebook

safetyalliancebc.ca

MSI Prevention Guidebook The Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC is proud to introduce the MSI Prevention Guide, a source of guidance to an organization in implementing an ergonomics program at their workplace. An MSI (Musculoskeletal Injury) is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue including a […]
My workers are returning to work after being off for several weeks. What can I do to ensure that they do not experience any sprains and strains?

Faq

Have a gradual return to work process. For example, consider increasing frequency of task rotation, frequency breaks of less duration, and access to drinking water. This will allow workers to return to pre-absence physical conditioning levels.

Sprains and Strains News


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