MSIs are painful disorders of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, spinal discs, or related soft tissue. They include sprains, strains, and inflammation and can occur anywhere in the body, but the back, shoulder, neck, elbow, wrist and knee are common areas.
- Common MSIs include but are not limited to:
- Muscle or tendon strain
- Ligament sprain
- Tennis Elbow or Golfers’ Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Herniated disc
- Trigger Finger
- Other terms commonly used for MSI include:
- Soft-tissue injury
- Musculoskeletal disorder (MSD)
- Repetitive strain injury
- Repetitive motion injury
- Overexertion injury
- Cumulative trauma disorder
General MSI Information
To address the burden MSIs are having on our province’s workforce, WorkplaceNL developed the MSI Prevention Certification Training Standard.
This one-day training program is designed to provide practical education about musculoskeletal injury prevention to protect workers from ergonomic hazards. The six learning modules are comprised of several practical activities that will enable participants to better understand and apply ergonomics concepts and principles in the workplace. It teaches how to recognize MSI hazards and eliminate them or minimize risk when elimination is not possible. In addition, participants will learn about each workplace party’s legislative duties for MSI prevention.
Only approved trainers are permitted to instruct this certification training program. Each trainer must have demonstrated specific eligibility requirements and passed a formal trainer assessment by WorkplaceNL prior to being approved to instruct Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Certification Training. By developing a training standard, along with a detailed curriculum, WorkplaceNL has set the benchmark for all training providers to deliver consistent and quality learning objectives and instruction.
To register for a course, visit the Certification Training Registry.
Click here, if you are interested in becoming an approved trainer for Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.
Occupation MSI Injury Hotspots
Lifting and Handling
Tools and Checklists
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – https://www.ccohs.ca/
- Association of Canadian Ergonomists – https://ergonomicscanada.ca/en
Support for Workplaces
Contact a member of our Prevention Services department with questions or to request education or other MSI prevention support services for your workplace. Our services are free! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-563-9000.