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On March 4th, 2008 the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) presented PUSHING, PULLING, LIFTING, LOWERING - Manual Materials Handling in the Workplace: A Workshop.

This one-day conference discussed manual materials handling from a variety of perspectives and included:

  • An informative keynote address from Dr. Tom Waters, certified professional ergonomist and Senior Safety Engineer at NIOSH. Dr. Waters is internationally renowned for his work on the revised NIOSH lifting equation - the most commonly used tool to measure if workers are exerting too much effort to lift or lower.
  • Presentations from an authoritative line-up of experts in the field: a researcher, ergonomic consultant, injured worker, disability management consultant, labour and management representatives, and a policy analyst with respect to what the province is doing about preventing MSDs.
  • Interactive workshops where attendees discussed how manual materials handling issues affected their workplace.
  • A lively panel discussion on key MSD issues.

View the presentations from this Workshop.