Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline focused on designing and arranging environments, products, and systems to fit the capabilities and needs of people. It aims to optimize human well-being, comfort, and performance by reducing physical and mental stress. By considering factors such as posture, movement, and the interaction between humans and their surroundings, ergonomics seeks to enhance efficiency, safety, and overall user satisfaction.

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Ergonomics is concerned with the “fit” between the user, equipment and environment. Ergonomics takes into account users’ capabilities and limitations to ensure tasks, functions, information and the environment suit each user. This course provides information to managers, supervisors and employees on proper ergonomic design to prevent repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders.
Available by e-Learning
Ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. This course builds on the fundamentals of Ergonomics and assists managers, supervisors, and employees in implementing a musculoskeletal injuries/disorder reduction program.
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Ergonomics Resources and Tools
The concept of accessible design has evolved around the belief that regular life activities should be easy and comfortable for everyone—including people with disabilities. This concept also applies to the design of workspaces to support a diverse workforce. As adults are working longer and employers consider how to expand their recruiting reach, expectations for safe, […]
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If employees work from home, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure their health and safety.
Ergonomic and Human Factors Assessments Industrial (Plant) and Office Ergonomics Choose from a range of office and industrial ergonomics assessments and services. Pain and discomfort are clear signals when a worker has stayed in an uncomfortable or awkward position too long. If an uncomfortable or awkward position is required to do the job, workers are […]
Toolbox Talk
Ergonomics works to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), including damage to muscles, bones or joints through designed workplaces, equipment, systems, and work. On average, MSI claims are 34% of all WorkSafeBC claims. From 2011 to 2020, that was an average of 17,891 claims per year.
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Has been present ever since human beings began interacting with the environment. Ergonomics actually emerged as a scientific discipline in the 1940s due to the technological advances of World War II
Poster tips for stretches that can be done at any workstation throughout during periodic wellness breaks to counter stiffness from static work and potentially limit risk of sprains or strains in more active jobs.
A guide to setting up your home office ergonomically.
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.
A musculoskeletal injury (MSI) is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue, including a sprain, strain, and inflammation, which may be caused or aggravated by work. Well-known MSIs include sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, trigger finger, white finger diseases, and epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
In Canada each year, 2.3 million adults experience a musculoskeletal injury (MSI) serious enough to limit their normal activities. While MSIs are a common cause of lost-time injuries in the workplace, many employers and workers are not aware of good practices in preventing and/or reducing their effects. Find out what changes can be made to […]
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It’s one thing to talk about overexertion and lifting. It’s another to be able to identify the specific elements of a job that have a high level of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) risk. In this workshop, gain a basic understanding of ergonomics and MSI prevention, and then take a deeper dive into task analysis—the essential first […]
It’s one thing to talk about overexertion and repetition. It’s another to be able to identify manual material handling and hand-intensive tasks that pose the greatest musculoskeletal injury (MSI) risk within a specific element of any task. In this workshop, gain a basic understanding of physical ergonomics and MSI prevention, and then explore the essentials […]
News & Blog Articles
Who does this impact? WorkSafeBC has announced that in 2024, as part of their Planned Inspections Initiative, they will be focusing inspections on the following manufacturing classification units (CUs). Historically, workers in these CUs are at higher risk for serious injury....
Ergonomics goes beyond stretching programs or choosing the right chair.  It is an important strategic consideration. In the manufacturing sector, employees are especially vulnerable to developing musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) due to several factors specific to their occupations. Risk factors such...