June Meeting

June Meeting

Putting Participatory Ergonomics to Work


Most organizations understand "why" Ergonomics is important for MSD prevention but many struggle with the "how". This presentation reveals how one School Board in Ontario, the Durham District School Board, used a “participatory " approach to Ergonomics to facilitate change. Over a 5 year period their leaders and staff celebrated their success with an:

  • 80% reduction in MSD-related workers claims costs.
  • 70% reduction in lost time claims.


The program continues to be a success and is self-sustained with ongoing support from management, union and workers alike.

Highlights include:

  • The benefits of Participatory Ergonomics
  • Steps for success- from establishing the foundation to implementation
  • Key players and resources you will need
  • How to build a business case for PE
  • School Board Case study review- PE in action.

Presenter: Marny Mason, CCPE

Marny Mason is the Principal Ergonomist at Kinetic Kare Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph and is a registered Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist.

As a Kinesiologist and a life-long fitness enthusiast, Marny began her career as a rehab therapist treating work-related injuries that she knew were preventable. This led her to take her passion for health and wellness to the workplace. Her vision is to empower workers with the knowledge and self-care strategies to take ownership of their own health and safety. Marny continues to work hard as a partner in prevention, providing organizations across Ontario with the practical tools to drive self-sustained, worker owned and operated, MSD injury prevention programs.

Co-Presenter: Doris Miskie

Doris is a Supervisor of Facilities Services at the Durham District School Board with over 25 years of experience. She was instrumental in the success of this organization’s participatory ergonomics program, and is one of the first “Master” mentor trainers to be certified to teach the Safe Work Practices to her fellow Custodians. As a Supervisor, she now leads her team to be active participants in the culture of health and safety at the Durham District School Board.

June 15, 2017 at 8:30am - 11:30am
Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters
605 Rossland Rd E
Room LLC
Whitby, ON L1N 0B7
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