Make training mandatory for all employees and people leaders. Ensure it is easy to access and offered regularly.
Consider the MSK risks specific to your organization and job demands. Ensure training covers how employees can help to protect themselves against injury. Include targeted training for departments with high rates of workplace injuries.
Why is training important?
- increase productivity
- reduce disability and worker’s compensation costs
- improve lifting and body mechanics
- improve employee overall health
- enhance knowledge of:
- safety protocols and procedures
- safe material handling and lifting techniques
- self-care to prevent injuries
It also helps leaders better understand how to promote and support employee MSK health. Remember, leaders must demonstrate their committment to supporting employee MSK health and safety. This will lay the foundation for a safe and healthy workplace.
Although your focus might be MSK health, keep in mind health is interconnected. Include mental and financial health as part of your training program.
Before you develop a workplace training program, think about these questions:
- Who is the target of the training? (i.e. all employees, or a specific department?)
- What are your short- and long-term goals?
- What type of training best fits your organization? In-person, online? Be sure to include multiple delivery methods.
- How will you measure success? Have clear KPIs that will determine whether your training was successful.
Tailor the content of your training based on your organization's needs. Consider job areas with the most injuries and absences due to back issues. Topics could include:
- how to lift safely
- body mechanics
- importance of proper posture
- importance of core strength
- basic ergonomics
- early warning signs of MSK problems
- manager communication skills and tips for talking to employees
- accommodating employees with MSK issues
- duty to accommodate legislation