Ergonomic requirements were enacted into the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation in 1998, and since that time WorkSafeBC has engaged in a coordinated strategy of education, consultation, and enforcement in order to address musculoskeletal injury (MSI). Our initial efforts included extensive education and outreach to assist employers and workers understand and comply with the requirements. Although there has been a reduction in the number of ergonomic-related claims, the numbers are still high — MSI claims account for approximately 30 percent of all claims and approximately 20 percent of all claim costs. The MSI Initiative is designed to increase awareness and efforts on controlling this workplace risk.
The goals of the 2021–2023 MSI Initiative are to:
- Enhance employer and worker awareness of ergonomics: Improve the understanding of ergonomic health and safety in workplaces
- Improve health and safety in workplaces: Improve the knowledge, ability, and motivation of employers to identify and control workplace ergonomics and MSI hazards and achieve sustainable compliance with the OHS Regulation
- Conduct inspections and provide the necessary educational and consultative support to supermarkets and large retailers to help employers and workers achieve compliance
- Site inspections will primarily focus on the ergonomic requirements of the OHS Regulation, paying particular attention to the following:
- Risk identification
- Risk assessment
- Risk controls
- Education and training
What you can do
Our Ergonomics page provides resources and information on how to understand and address this health and safety risk in your industry.