Health Care Blitz Focuses on Musculoskeletal Disorder

Ontario inspected health care facilities in a province-wide blitz in September and October to check for hazards that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) to help keep health care workers in our hospitals and long-term care facilities safe.

Ministry of Labour inspectors visited long-term care homes, health and community care services, retirement homes and other health care workplaces. They ensured that proper procedures are in place for client handling and manual materials handling to prevent MSD among staff.

“Health care workers take care of our loved ones, and we all have a role in helping prevent MSDs at work,” said Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi.

MSDs are injuries and disorders of the muscles, tendons, nerves, joints and spinal discs.

They can develop as a result of repetitive work, forceful exertions such as heavy lifting and awkward postures.

The blitz focused on:

  • client handling, including lifting, transferring and repositioning of clients
  • manual materials handling, including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling and carrying of objects
  • and the use and maintenance of carts in housekeeping and other support service areas