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

Development and evaluation of decision-support tools for the temporary reassignment of workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders


A study previously carried out in the context of the interprovincial Workready project developed the portrait of the management of workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and identified the needs of different professionals. This project led to the production of a guide, tools and a process intended to meet the needs and respond to the difficulties expressed by companies in their practices for managing the disabilities of employees suffering from MSDs.
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 modified work assignments to employees with MSDs. It proposes an approach to the planning and implementation of modified work programs as well as identifies specific actions companies may take to carry out effective case management and follow-up of workers with MSD.
The decision-aid tools integrated into the guide, in the form of worksheets and forms, permit the rapid recognition of workrelated risk factors for MSD. There are three series of worksheets and forms. Each series includes worksheets or forms that are specific to each of the body regions most commonly affected by these disorders, namely the back, the neck and shoulders, the elbows, and the hands and wrists.
These tools facilitate the selection of modified work tasks with physical demands that match the injured worker’s physical capacities, in an effort to avoid recurrences or aggravation of the injury and to promote rehabilitation.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0099-0330
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2006
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Susan Stock (Direction de santé publique de Montréal-Centre)
  • Raymond Baril (IRSST)
  • Marie-José Durand (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Michel Rossignol (Université McGill)
  • Donald Cole (Institute for Work and Health)
  • Richard Wells (Université de Waterloo)
  • John Frank (Université de Toronto)
  • André-Pierre Contandriopoulos (Université de Montréal)
  • Jochen Moehr (Université de Victoria)
  • Jaime Guzman (Université de Manitoba)
  • Diane Berthelette (Université du Québec à Montréal )
  • Claire Lapointe (IRSST)
  • Serge Simoneau (Association sectorielle paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail du secteur de la fabrication de produits en métal, de la fabrication de produits électriques et des industries de l'habillement)