9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

June 20 - 23, 2016

PREMUS 2016 Toronto

Ontario’s Minister of Labour to address PREMUS 2016 delegates

At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, The Honourable Kevin Flynn, Ontario’s Minister of Labour, will briefly speak to conference delegates about preventing MSDs. The Ministry of Labour is the lead partner of this conference, as well as a committed supporter of Institute for Work & Health research on musculoskeletal disorder prevention.

See Ministry of Labour resources on MSDs

Spotlight: Keynote speaker Dr. Linda Goldenhar

What do safety climate, safety culture and safety leadership have to do with the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? In this engaging keynote, Dr. Linda Goldenhar of the Silver Spring, MD.-based Center for Construction Research and Training will share her thoughts on the link. She will also discuss research that led her and her team to develop a safety climate leading indicator workbook and measurement tool, and how these could be used to help contractors, safety and health professionals and others reduce MSDs and other work-related injuries in the construction sector and beyond.

Read about other keynotes

One month until PREMUS: Register today!

Daycare workers, physiotherapists, farmers, meat-cutters, miners, home care aides, forklift operators, construction workers, office workers, health-care workers, carpenters, firefighters and truck drivers: the health and safety of a broad cross-section of workers is at the heart of the MSD prevention research being shared at PREMUS 2016. If you’re involved in any aspect of reducing or preventing MSD risks and hazards for workers, there’s something in the conference program for you.

Check out the preliminary program and register today

Guidelines for speakers and poster presenters now available

How long do I have for my presentation? What size does my poster need to be? When do I need to show up for my session? Our speakers’ guidelines and poster guidelines have the answers you seek. They’re now up on the PREMUS 2016 website.

See the guidelines

New social event: Toronto Islands tour

They’ve been described as Toronto’s hidden gems—and for good reason. Just a short ferry ride from Toronto’s harbourfront, the Toronto Islands offer a quick getaway to the green spaces and idyllic car-free existence of Ward’s Island’s residential community. On Monday, June 20, join a group of PREMUS 2016 delegates on a tour of the Island’s beaches and boardwalks, with long-time Island resident (and director of Ontario’s Office of the Worker Adviser) Alec Farquhar as your guide. Space is limited.

Book your spot

Thanks to CIHR IMHA, a PREMUS 2016 partner

MSDs affect 11 million Canadians over the age of 12 years old every year, a number that’s expected to increase with the aging boomer population. At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), the mandate is to enhance active living, mobility and movement, and oral health by supporting research into the causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems and palliation for a wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth. Three strategic research priorities help guide the Institute’s decision-making: chronic pain and fatigue; inflammation and tissue repair; and disability, mobility and health.

Find out more about the CIHR IMHA

Our Partners / Sponsors

International Commission on Occupational Health International Commission on Occupational HealthInstitute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Institute of Gender and Health Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of OntarioFanshawe College

Conference Host

Institute for Work & Health


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