Move Well – Work Well Week
September 19-25, 2021
Move Well – Work Well Week is an annual event in Newfoundland and Labrador to raise awareness of MSIs and find practical solutions for prevention in workplaces.
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are painful disorders of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, spinal discs, and related soft tissues. MSIs include repetitive strain and overexertion injuries like sprains, strains, and inflammation that may be caused or aggravated by work.
Despite these injuries being almost entirely preventable, they occur in every industry and account for the majority of lost time claims and costs in our workplaces every year.
Why Move Well – Work Well? MSIs develop as result of a mismatch between work demands and a person’s capability. Any task we perform or posture we hold long enough could cause an MSI. Simple tasks like folding linen, lifting product, helping a patient into a chair, or even standing at a processing line are all tasks that can cause MSIs, but only if we let them.
Move Well – Work Well reminds us that when we move often, rather than being sedentary or staying in one position too long, and when we move well, using good body mechanics, it results in us being well and working well – we are productive, comfortable, healthy, and our risk for MSI is reduced. Essentially, when we move well, we work well.
Have questions, or want help planning your workplace campaign? Contact the Prevention Services Department by email or phone (1.800.563.9000).
Resources to help address MSIs
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