PREMUS 2016 brings together MSD prevention scientists and practitioners to share evidence

Keynotes discussed latest findings on carpal tunnel syndrome, construction safety culture, sitting and standing, and sex/gender lens in MSD research

Published: August 10, 2016

Since 1992 when the first PREMUS conference was held, the scientific community specializing in work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) has made considerable progress. If you think back to the 1990s, the proposition that exposures arising from work led to the onset of musculoskeletal disorders was frequently contested, said Institute for Work & Health (IWH) President Dr. Cam Mustard in his remarks welcoming delegates to the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. That’s not the case anymore.

Thanks in part to researchers around the world, many of whom meet every three years at PREMUS gatherings, there’s now wide recognition that adverse work exposures will lead to the development of MSDs, added Mustard. He was addressing some 400 scientists and practitioners from about 30 countries who had come to Toronto June 20 to 23, 2016, to share the latest evidence on work-related MSDs.

Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn also welcomed the attendees in his remarks delivered on the third day of the conference.

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Ontario labour minister Kevin Flynn delivers remarks about the importance of health and safety at Day 3 of the PREMUS conference

Flynn noted that the provincial government has tackled MSDs since 2006 with the launch of a “pains and strains” campaign to increase awareness of ergonomic-related injuries, as well as ongoing inspection blitzes targeting MSD hazards across a variety of sectors. We believe every person who works deserves to go home safe at the end of each day, and every person here today has a role to play in making this goal a reality, he added.

The conference, hosted by IWH, included about 360 oral presentations and 60 poster presentations. It also included four keynote presentations; the messages of the distinguished speakers are summarized here:

Keynote lectures are also available as slidecasts at the PREMUS 2016 website.