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Employee involvement is the key. Still, both employer and employee have responsibilities for preventing Work Related Muskuloskeletal Disorders (WMSDs).

Employer Responsibilities

The employer can create an environment that encourages early evaluation by a health care provider by taking the following steps:

  • Providing education and training to employees regarding the recognition of the symptoms and sign of WMSDs and the employers procedures for reporting WMSDs
  • Encouraging employees' early reporting of symptoms and prompt evaluation by an appropriate health care provider
  • Giving health care providers the opportunity to become familiar with jobs and job tasks
  • Modifying jobs or accommodating employees whom have functional limitations secondary to WMSDs as determined by a health care provider
  • Ensuring, to the extent permitted by law, employee privacy and confidentiality regarding medical conditions identified during an assessment

Employee Responsibilities

Employees should participate in the health care management process by:

  • Following applicable workplace safety and health rules
  • Following work practice procedures related to their jobs
  • Reporting early signs and symptoms of WMSDs
  • Offering suggestions on how jobs can be modified to be more ergonomically correct

There is no doubt that ergonomic factors significantly impact all facets of the workplace. Occupational Health Solutions is here to assist you in the design and implementation of a successful ergonomic program.