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Manitoba Office Ergonomics

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Workplace Safety and Health Regulation
Regulation 217/2006
Registered October 31, 2006
"musculoskeletal injury" means an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons,
ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissue, including a sprain,
strain or inflammation that may occur to a worker in a workplace and that is
caused or aggravated by any of the following:
(a) a repetitive motion;
(b) a forceful exertion;
(c) vibration;
(d) mechanical compression;
(e) a sustained or awkward posture;
(f) a limitation on motion or action;
(g) any other factor that creates a risk of musculoskeletal injury


Risk assessment
8.1(1) When an employer is aware, or ought reasonably to have been aware, or has
been advised, that a work activity creates a risk of musculoskeletal injury, the employer
(a) ensure that the risk is assessed; and
(b) on the basis of the assessment, implement control measures to eliminate or
reduce, so far as is reasonably practicable, the risk of musculoskeletal injury to
the worker.

8.1(2) The control measures may include one or more of the following:
(a) providing, positioning and maintaining equipment that is designed and
constructed to reduce or eliminate the risk of musculoskeletal injury;
(b) developing and implementing safe work procedures to eliminate or reduce the
risk of musculoskeletal injuries;
(c) implementing work schedules that incorporate rest and recovery periods,
changes to workload or other arrangements for alternating work;
(d) providing personal protective equipment in accordance with Part 6 (Personal
Protective Equipment).

8.1(3) An employer must
(a) monitor the effectiveness of any control measure implemented to eliminate or
reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury; and
(b) where the monitoring identifies that a risk of musculoskeletal injury is not being
or has not been eliminated or reduced, implement further control measures, where
it is reasonably practicable to do so.

Duty to inform workers
8.2 An employer must ensure that every worker who may be exposed to a risk of
musculoskeletal injury
(a) is informed of the risk and of the signs and common symptoms of any
musculoskeletal injury associated with the worker's work; and
(b) receives instruction and training respecting any control measure implemented
by the employer.

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