Canadian Workshop to Explore Reducing MSDs

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders have teamed up to co-host Pushing, Pulling, Lifting, and Lowering: A workshop on manual materials handling in the workplace.

The conference will take place March 4, 2008 in Mississauga, Ontario, and provide a forum to discuss manual materials handling from a variety of perspectives and what can be done to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at work. MSDs cause pain in the muscles, tendons, or nerves in the lower back, shoulders, neck, elbows, wrists, or hands, and are the cause of suffering for thousands of workers every year. Lifting, lowering, pushing, and pulling contribute greatly to MSDs whether in manufacturing, construction, trucking, healthcare, forestry, or agriculture. The conference is for managers, supervisors, health and safety committees, and anyone with an interest in reducing MSDs in workers.

The workshop will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Tom Waters, certified professional ergonomist and Senior Safety Engineer at NIOSH, and an array of other experts in the field will speak from research, consultants, injured workers, disability management, labor, management, and regulatory perspectives.

A live webinar will be available during the event. For more information, visit www.ccohs.ca/events/mmh.

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