Occupational Therapy in the Workplace


Many Manitoba employers are working hard to meet the requirements of The Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation and the Workers Compensation Act.

Occupational therapists can help employers meet these workplace safety and health requirements by providing the following services:

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


Occupational therapists can also assist employers in meeting obligations under the Workers Compensation Act by providing:

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


Occupational therapists can also assist with: :

  • 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 & an ergonomist?


How do I locate an occupational therapist?

If you are a medium to large-sized company you may consider hiring an occupational therapist. MSOT can help you advertise for this position and in some cases we will do this free of charge. Contact MSOT’s office to discuss your business’ requirements: email msot@msot.mb.ca or phone (204) 957-1214.

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


Other Information

Download the Benefits of Early Intervention of Musculoskeletal Injuries presentation.