Alberta Office Ergonomics
This material has been extracted from the Acts and Regulations of the Province to help students understand the subject. It is not an official source of information and must not be used for any other purpose.
The following is © 1995 - 2010 Government of Alberta.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE 2009
“musculoskeletal injury” means an injury to a worker of the muscles, tendons,
ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissues that are caused or
aggravated by work, including overexertion injuries and overuse injuries;
Assessing manual handling hazards
210(1) Before a worker manually lifts, lowers, pushes, pulls, carries, handles or
transports a load that could injure the worker, an employer must perform a hazard assessment that considers
(a) the weight of the load,
(b) the size of the load,
(c) the shape of the load,
(d) the number of times the load will be moved, and
(e) the manner in which the load will be moved.
210(2) Before a worker performs any manual patient/client/resident handling
activities, an employer must perform a hazard assessment that considers the
worker’s physical and mental capabilities to perform the work.
210(3) If the hazard assessment required by section 7 and subsections (1) and (2) determines that there is a potential for musculoskeletal injury, an employer must ensure that all reasonably practicable measures are used to eliminate or reduce that potential in accordance with section 9.
211 If a worker reports to the employer what the worker believes to be work
related symptoms of a musculoskeletal injury, the employer must promptly
(a) review the activities of that worker, and of other workers doing
similar tasks, to identify work related causes of the symptoms, if any, and
(b) take corrective measures to avoid further injuries if the causes of the
symptoms are work related.
Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009 Part 14
Training to prevent musculoskeletal injury
211.1(1) An employer must ensure that a worker who may be exposed to the
possibility of musculoskeletal injury is trained in specific measures to eliminate or
reduce that possibility.
211.1(2) An employer must ensure that the training referred to in subsection (1)
(a) identification of factors that could lead to a musculoskeletal injury,
(b) the early signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal injury and their
potential health effects, and
(c) preventive measures including, where applicable, the use of altered
work procedures, mechanical aids and personal protective
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