Ergonomics: Preventing Sprains and Strains

Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are the most prevalent type of workplace injury in Nova Scotia.   Sometimes referred to as sprains, strains, soft tissue or repetitive strain injuries, MSIs are a serious issue in many workplaces and for workers of all ages. Learning to recognize our risk for an occupational musculoskeletal injury is absolutely necessary to preventing it!   To discuss how soft tissue issues may be prevented by redesigning how tasks are done, start with these resources.


  1. Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury and Introduction to Ergonomics
  2. Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls!
  3. Sprains and Strains: Preventing MSI Through Workplace Design
  4. Spot the Hazards. Fix the Hazards. Poster
  5. Spot It. Fix It
  6. Back Protection Agents