Canadian Standard
for WDP-MS



Technical Committee for the Development of a CSA Standard on Work Disability Prevention Management Systems

CSA Group is currently recruiting members to participate on the technical committee on Work Disability Prevention Management Systems ( WDP-MS). The proposed standard will include a framework for the prevention and management of work disability at an organization level, and for hiring and retaining workers with disabilities.

The WDP-MS Standard will be designed to complement other related management systems frameworks such as CSA Z1000 Occupational Health and Safety Management System, CSA Z1003 Psychological Health and Safety, and CSA Z1004 Workplace Ergonomics. In addition, the Standard will have the potential to be incorporated into other aspects of an organization’s management structure, resulting in better recognition of work disability prevent management policies and practices by different stakeholders within organizations.

What is expected?

  • Work disability prevention management knowledge and experience;
  • Ability to work in a multi-stakeholder environment, following the principles of consensus; 
  • Commitment to participate in committee work over a period of approximately 24 months, both remotely and in-person; and
  • Commitment to collaboration and network with other stakeholders about the Standard.

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018Click here to see the complete Call for Participants.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lina Lopez, at

More information


CRE-MSD and CRWDP Team up with CSA to Develop a Canadian Standard for a Work Disability Prevention Management System

Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians become temporarily or permanently work disabled, seriously compromising their participation in the paid labour force and thereby becoming excluded from the numerous health advantages of workforce participation. According to 2012 figures, about one in 10 Canadians of working age live with some form of disability—whether physical or mental, chronic or acute, episodic or temporary, work-related or otherwise. Many of these individuals face tremendous barriers getting into or staying in the labour market due to their health condition or impairment. According to some estimates, about 800,000 Canadians with disabilities—about half of whom have a post-secondary education—are currently unemployed despite being able and willing to work. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group, in collaboration with Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) and the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) have engaged multiple stakeholders to develop best practices in the field of work disability prevention management in the form of a national standard for use by organizations to systematically manage work disability prevention efforts, including their return to work policies and programs and the recruitment and retention of workers with disabilities.
In June 2016, the three organizations co-hosted a webinar to inform stakeholders about plans to go forward with the development of a Canadian Standard for a Work Disability Prevention Management System (WDP-MS). A recording of the launch is available at the CSA Communities of Interest site. The webinar had more than 500 registrants, providing a good indication of the importance for developing a standard in this area.
“The standard will be based on current research evidence, successful practices in the field, and the viewpoints from stakeholders—employers, workers and worker representatives, injured workers and persons with disabilities, clinicians, workers’ compensation agencies, insurance companies, policy maker and researchers” notes Amin Yazdani, a CRWDP Collaborator and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. “We have a core team of academics and policy experts helping gather the evidence base” adds Emile Tompa, CRWDP’s co-director. Yazdani and Tompa are spearheading the initiative on behalf of CRE-MSD and CRWDP.
The focus of this initiative is to set out requirements for a comprehensive work disability prevention management system. A management system is a framework that includes detailed step-by-step methods for developing and maintaining policies, procedures and processes to ensure an organization is able to achieve its goals and objectives on an ongoing basis. The WDP-MS standard will be designed to integrate with other CSA management systems, including the CSA Z1000 Occupational Health and Safety Management System, the CSA Z1003 on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and CSA Z1004 on Workplace Ergonomics. It will also be integratable into ISO standards such as ISO 9001 for quality management system and ISO 45001, the new health and safety management system standard. In addition to developing this national Standard, the team plans to develop an implementation guide to support the introduction of the standard in organizations of different sizes and in different sectors.
The primary beneficiaries of a published standard are workers in the Canada’s labour force of 18 million and Canadian employers, both public and private. Canada will be the first country in the world to have a national standard for a work disability prevention management system.

Relevant links

  1. Applied Health Sciences News To You, Fall, 2016 (University of Waterloo). To access it, click here.
  2. Work Disability Prevention Management System Standard Development Project. Webcast presentation given on behalf of the Canadian Standards Association to launch the development of a new standard. June 16, 2016. Click here to see the details.
  3. At Work, Institute for Work & Health Newsletter, Fall 2016, page 6.
  4. Developing new standards for managing workplace disability. Rehab & Community Care: BCS Communications (Toronto, Ont.), Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 14-16 [article in digital and print magazine on CRWDP’s involvement in creating national disability management standard; picks up article from Fall 2016 issue of At Work]. Available at:{"page":0,"issue_id":396322}
  5. To access the recorded Webinar at the CSA Community (registration is quick and free):
  6. Work Disability Prevention Management System: A proposal for a national standard to Canadian Standard Association (CSA). Click here to access the proposal