Work-related musculoskeletal disorders on the decline in Ontario

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders appear to be on the decline in Ontario. That’s what findings from a comprehensive population-based surveillance study recently done by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) would suggest.
The study, led by IWH president Dr. Cameron Mustard, tracks the occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) over eight years between 2004 and 2011. It uses three independent population databases to take a count of work-related MSDs as reported by the total number of Ontarians active in the labour force in that time period—a sample of about six million.
What's important about this study is that it drew on three different data sources,” says Mustard. “And because they vary somewhat in how they define work-related MSDs, there are differences in incidence estimates between the three data sources. But all three show a steady decline.
This finding supports what several other studies in industrialized countries such as Australia, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom have found. The study, which has been submitted for publication in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, is the first surveillance study on work-related MSDs done in Canada in recent times.

Source: At Work, Issue 76, Spring 2014.

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