Musculoskeletal Disorders

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Improper storage of heavy materials.
  • Excessive reaching.
  • Repetitive bending.

Injury Prevention Strategies for Musculoskeletal Disorders Hazards

  1. Design and organize the workplace to make manual handling easier. Heavier loads should be stored between shoulder and hip height, while lighter loads should be stored near the floor or above the shoulder.
  2. Store frequently used utensils, dishes and food between shoulder and hip height, close to where they are needed.
  3. Use a step stool when reaching for items above the shoulders to prevent an upper body strain or a poor grip, reducing the risk of items falling.

Resources and Training Guides

Ergonomics for Hospitality and Tourism https://www.go2hr.ca/sites/default/files/resource/download/go2HR_OHS_Webinar_Ergonomics_July%2015%202015.pdf

Housekeeping Ergonomics (presentation) https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&ved=0ahUKEwjSt7bFyfHRAhVn64MKHX2vDqM4ChAWCBkwAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.osha.gov%2Fdte%2Fgrant_materials%2Ffy10%2Fsh-20998-10%2FHousekeeper_Manager_Ergo_Training.pptx&usg=AFQjCNEzs1oeOOWDyc3ItU4YzZ__756qBw&bvm=bv.146073913,d.eWE