Ergonomics / MSI

This WorkSafeBC Back Talk manual will help you understand your back. It will show you how to take care of yourself when you experience episodes of back pain. The illustrations, and clarification to the exercises provided will: help explain how your back works provide tips to avoid injury show you how to take care of […]

From grips to performers, costumers to carpenters, and everyone in between, the film industry is a demanding one, involving long hours, hard work, and erratic schedules. Fatigue is often the norm, not the exception. – Mike Harnett, President, Solaris Fatigue Management But when we talk about work-related injuries, we tend to focus only on the […]

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the arts and entertainment industries to change their working methods. With physical and social distancing being practised to help in preventing the spread of the virus, the majority of workplaces have implemented working from home procedures. Not everyone has access to a sit/stand workstation at home and even if they […]

This WorkSafeBC ergonomics commentary discusses back belts, specifically how they cannot be used as personal protective equipment. The commentary advises users that back belts may not prevent injuries at work, and may increase the risk of injuries. To read the full document on WorkSafeBC’s website, and to print, click here (96 kB).

Ergonomics can generally be defined as the study of people in their working environment. The goal with ergonomics is to design or modify the work to fit the worker, and therefore eliminate discomfort and decrease risk of injury due to work. In the world of dance, where the work is creating art and the tool […]

This WorkSafeBC guide acts as a self-help guide for workers. It will assist in identifying and solving problems with computer workstations. The guide includes: recommendations for reducing the likelihood of injury layout and lighting good posture organization of the work day space a checklist for assessing your computer workstation desk exercises to reduce muscle and […]

Musicians (including vocalists) are prone to MSI that is caused or aggravated by practice, rehearsal, or performance. Playing a musical instrument may be second only to computer use in terms of population exposure to MSI. Some studies have shown that approximately half of professional musicians and music students experience significant MSI symptoms. A Musculoskeletal injury […]

Ever had a pain in the neck? Well, ergonomics is a science that tries to design places and activities around cast and crew to reduce pains like that. It recognizes that everyone is different and because of these differences they may not relate the same way to pillows, work signage, tools, equipment, and spaces. Ergonomics […]

An educational guide to preventing Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) for office workers. Presented in a comic book style, the goal of this resource is to help workers recognize and prevent the symptoms of MSI. Pain is Optional for Office Workers  

To better understand ergonomics as a systems science let us start by understanding an example. – Manu Nellutla, CCPE, CPHSA. Executive Director, Actsafe Safety Association A computer programmer has been complaining about back pain to his supervisor. His supervisor researches and gets the programmer an ‘ergonomic’ chair. After a few weeks of use, the programmer […]

Everything we do – be it building a set, filming, or unloading a truck – takes place in a system that includes the physical and organizational environment and the equipment and tools to perform the task. Ergonomics is the study of how people interact within all these system elements with the goal of optimizing well-being […]



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