Safe Movement: Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders


Repetitive work, monotonous tasks, even some work postures and movements can cause musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), a body position that is maintained for a long period of time can lead to discomfort and fatigue. Some illnesses associated with WMSDs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome and tension neck syndrome.

Specific types of tasks that can lead to WMSDs include fixed or constrained body positions; continual repetition of movements; force concentrated on small parts of the body, such as the hand or wrist; or a pace of work that does not allow sufficient recovery between movements.

CCOHS outlines the symptoms of WMSDs as follows:

Early stage: Aching and tiredness of the affected limb occur during the work shift but disappear at night and during days off work. No reduction of work performance.

Intermediate stage: Aching and tiredness occur early in the work shift and persist at night. Reduced capacity for repetitive work.

Late stage: Aching, fatigue, and weakness persist at rest. Inability to sleep and to perform light duties.

There are four main treatments for WMSDs: restriction of movement; application of heat or cold; exercise; and medication and surgery.

When possible, avoid repetitive tasks is a good idea. If that is not possible, adjusting work practices to lessen the effects is an option. Work together with your employees to keep them as safe and healthy as possible.

When you need to provide workers with the supplies they need to stay safe on the job, count on Seton. Give us a call at 855-581-1218 or visit and we can help you select the safety products you need.




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