Occupational Therapy and the Workplace


In light of Workplace Safety and Health Regulations and the Workers Compensation Act, many Manitoba employers are working hard to meet the requirements of the legislation.  Some may find themselves in a position of not having the resources to implement the requirements, nor having a clear vision of where to begin.


The profession of occupational therapy feels well equipped to assist.


Services provided by occupational therapists which help you to meet the requirements of The Workplace Safety and Health legislation / regulations include:

  • Workplace Inspections
  • Assessment of Job Hazard/Risk Analysis
  • Ergonomic Assessment of the Workplace/Tasks
  • Recommendations of Control Measures
  • Implementation of Prevention Programs 

Services provided by occupational therapists which assist you to meet the obligations of The Workers Compensation Act:

  • Job Accommodation Programming
  • Return to Work Programming
  • Case Management
  • Integration into the Workplace Support
  • Conflict Resolution 

Others services, provided by occupational therapists that can assist you:

  • Accessibility and Way Finding
  • Physical Demands Analysis (PDA)
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
  • Relationship between PDA and FCE
  • Policy Development Re: Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Prevention
  • Pre-Employment (Post Offer Pre-Placement Testing)
  • Work Conditioning Programs
  • Work Hardening Programs
  • Chronic Pain Management Programs
  • Repetitive Strain Treatment
  • Early Intervention at the Workplace

What is the difference between an occupational therapist and an ergonomist?

How do I locate an occupational therapist?

As a medium to large company you may wish to consider hiring an occupational therapist.  MSOT can assist you in exploring this as an approach and can also help you to advertise for this position, in some cases, free of charge.  Contact MSOT


MSOT also has a Private Practice Directory that will help you to locate an occupational therapist to carry out contract work.

Private Practice Directory – Return to Work


Other Information

Click here to access the Benefits of Early Intervention of Musculoskeletal Injuries presentation.