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Musculoskeletal Health: Build a Strategy to Help Prevent Injuries and Disability Claims
October 25, 2023 at 11:00am

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By OHS Canada

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical in keeping workers safe, but the gear can pose challenges when it comes to musculoskeletal injuries, according to Lisa Beech-Hawley, manager, health and safety program, corporate environmental health and safety, at Ontario Power Generation.

For example, at nuclear generating stations where radiation PPE is required, staff often have to don “bulky air supplied suits with hoods and booties, worn over traditional PPE,” she said. “All of which may exacerbate MSDs — hazards related to gripping, tool use, body movement and positioning and posturing of your head as it relates to visibility.”

Beech-Hawley shared her story with more than 300 workplace health and safety professionals from across Canada this week as part of a special panel discussion focused on musculoskeletal health, conducted in partnership with Sun Life.

Other panelists included Ken Brodie, health and safety specialist, at Modern Niagara Vancouver; and Sue Praught, organizational health consultant, integrated health solutions at Sun Life.

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