MSD Prevention Manual

Prevention Training & Education

All mine workers should receive basic instruction regarding safe work practices and work-related MSD risk factors. It is recommended that MSD prevention training also be provided to all individuals responsible for training workers and/or designing job tasks, procedures or equipment, and to those responsible for accident/incident investigation.  

As per 1.6.9(1)(h) of the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia (the Code), MSD Prevention training shall be provided to Occupational Health and Safety Committees. 

There are a variety of ways this can be completed. Many operations have developed their own written training programs, some have contracted consultants, and others have utilized resources from ministry occupational health to complete this training.  

The following information will guide mine managers in the development of a written preventative training program as per 1.6.9(1)(h) of the Code:

Suggested Training Content

  • The science behind ergonomics 
  • Importance of ergonomics in mining 
  • Requirements regarding MSD in the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in BC
  • The injury mechanism for MSD 
  • MSD risk factor identification 
  • MSD risk factor evaluation (to include a practical component of risk evaluation) 
  • MSD risk factor control and prevention 
  • Workstation design 
  • Visual display terminal/office ergonomics 
  • MSD prevention and crew training