Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces

MSDs & Respiratory Hazards

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) and Respiratory Hazards - Is Your Workplace Compliant and Ready?

This recorded webinar with PSHSA and the Ministry of Labour will help you learn more about the upcoming inspection initiative.

The Ministry of Labour’s Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces initiative runs from September 1 through December 27, 2019. This initiative focuses on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory hazards in health care, construction, industrial and mining sectors.


The initiative consists of two phases. Phase 1 focuses on compliance assistance by providing resources and education on MSD prevention and the control of respiratory hazards to raise awareness and help your workplace comply with health and safety regulations. Phase 1 runs from September through December. Phase 2 consists of the inspections blitz which runs from October through December.


Below is a selection of resources from PSHSA and Ontario’s Health & Safety System to support your workplace as you prepare for this initiative. 

Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces Toolkit


This toolkit is designed to help health and safety champions like you start a conversation and take action to prevent MSDs and reduce exposures to respiratory hazards in your workplace. Get started with these helpful tools, infographics, prevention resources, social media content and more!

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)


MSDs are injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They may be caused or aggravated by various hazards or risk factors in the workplace such as high force, awkward or static postures, and repetitive motions. The musculoskeletal system includes: muscles, tendons and tendon sheathes, nerves, bursa, blood vessels, joints/spinal discs, and ligaments.



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 Respiratory Hazards


Respiratory hazards refer to airborne contaminants such as biological contaminants, dusts, mists, fumes and gases, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres. Inhaling such contaminants can cause damage to many parts of the body, including most commonly the nervous system, lungs, nose and throat.



In-class Training






Fast Facts


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