Dental workers have often reported the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain – the low back, neck, shoulders, and hands being the most common sites. To address these issues and bring awareness to the importance of prevention within this field, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. (OHCOW) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) have recently collaborated on the development of a new fact sheet entitled “Ergonomics and Dental Work”.

Whether for students or those practicing in the field, ergonomics is so important to ensure the risk of long term injuries can be avoided. The link for the Ergonomics and Dental work booklet can be found at:

The document is only available in English at this time but the French version is in the final stages of completion.

OHCOW has given permission for linkage and use of the booklet. All they ask in return is for you to let them know if you are using the document in your private practice, classrooms, or any other use. You can also request to be notified when the french version is available. Please contact Trever, of OHCOW, by email (, fax (705-523-2606), or phone (toll free 1-800-461-7120).