Lesson 1 – Understanding Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs
Did you know that MSDs are the leading cause of pain, suffering and disability in the American workplace today? It’s true. And it’s unfortunate because MSDs are preventable. The truly unfortunate part about it is that a simple change in philosophy would empower organizations to prevent nearly ALL MSDs.
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Lesson 2 – The Causes of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs
The only way to prevent something is to know what caused it, understand what caused it and then systematically eliminate those causes.
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Lesson 3 – How to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs
There is no magic bullet, pixie dust, or super-magical pill you can swallow to prevent the MSDs in your workplace. There is no easy solution, in other words. Only the hard work of implementing a comprehensive MSD prevention process that reduces or eliminates all causative risk factors.
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Lesson 4 – Ergonomics Improvement Project Case Study
Sometimes the best way to learn something is to see an example. And that’s what we have for you in this lesson. Today we’re going to walk you through an ergonomics improvement project step-by-step so you can see with your own eyes the impact a proactive ergonomics process can have for your organization.
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Lesson 5 – A Proactive Healthcare Success Story
MSDs form over long period of time. This is great news! It means that workplace athletes begin to experience early warning signs long before an MSD develops. It also means that the next few years of MSDs are in development right now, presenting you with a huge prevention opportunity.
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Lesson 6 – The Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention Process That Works
There’s an easy way to throw the ergonomics and OHS community into a frenzy. Just ask a simple question: “What’s the one thing you should be doing to prevent MSDs? Go!” The shouting will begin. “Ergonomic assessments!” “Pre-shift stretching and warm-up!” “Job rotation!” “Work hardening/conditioning!” “Early intervention!” “Ergonomics training!” Then someone will sling an unnecessary insult or throw the first punch, and it’s all downhill from there…
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Lesson 7 – What Are Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Costing You
MSDs are the leading cause of pain, suffering and disability in American workplaces. They account for about one-third of all worker’s compensation costs, and also cost organizations hours of lost productivity, costly legal fees, tedious administrative time, and a damaged safety culture.
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Lesson 8 – Are You Ready for the Next Level in Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention?
If there is one takeaway from this final lesson, it’s this: we’ve talked a lot about preventing MSDs, but now you have to go take action. Think prevention and keep your focus on reducing MSD risk factors. If you do this consistently (and relentlessly) over the course of a long period of time, you will prevent MSDs and make a major difference for your organization.
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