Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Awareness FREE!

Work-related MSDs can be painful and costly. Learn more about the risks.

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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a potential risk for all sectors and occupations. They can cause discomfort, fatigue, pain, injury, and illness to workers. In fact, work-related musculoskeletal injuries are the most frequent type of lost-time injury and are the largest source of lost-time worker compensation costs in Canada.

This course is offered FREE of charge by CCOHS to promote awareness of this important issue, and complements the full e-course offering: MusculoSkeletal Disorders (MSDs): Prevention.

Topics include:

  • What are work-related MSDs
  • The three stages of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Risk factors
  • Common causes
  • Prevention tips

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Know the main characteristics of work-related MSDs
  • Learn common causes of MSDs
  • Get practical tips about lifting and other manual material work
  • Understand the importance of developing a prevention program

Average time to complete this course is about 20 minutes.

Target Audience

  • All workers, including managers, supervisors and health and safety committee members
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about musculoskeletal disorders



Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet - and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

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We partnered with Vubiz - an international leader in e-learning development - to create this e-course.

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