IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Promotion of the guide and tools for the maintenance and return to work of workers with MSDs


A guide for maintaining the employment relationship and for the return to work of people with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is now available. It is the result of interdisciplinary work to which the IRSST contributed.
Developed by Dr. Suzan Stock and her team, this guide, and the intervention strategy and decision-aid tools it includes are intended to address these needs and the difficulties companies encounter when providing modifies work assignments to employees with MSDs. It proposes and approach to the planning and implementation of modifies work programs as well as identifies specific actions companies may take to carry out effective case management and follow-up of workers with MSD.
This guide may be particularly useful to trainers and other professionals who help companies set up and implement return-to-word programs. They can use it as a support document for training activities. It is also intended as a reference document for workplace-based committees or working groups in occupational health or human resources who are mandated to put into place structured modifies work measures.

Additional Information

Type: Knowledge Transfer Activity
Number: 0099-4880
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2009
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
Research Team:
  • Susan Stock (Direction de santé publique de Montréal-Centre)
  • Raymond Baril (IRSST)
  • Claire Lapointe (IRSST)
  • Laurent Gratton (IRSST)
  • Sonia Paquette (Ergodirect)
  • Jean-Luc Malo (Ergodirect)