HAMILTON, ONT.—In recognition of International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness (RSI) Day on Feb. 28, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) reminded workplaces to raise awareness and promote the prevention of repetitive strain injuries.
RSI, also known as musculoskeletal disorders, is a term used to describe a group of disorders affecting tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands.
RSIs can happen to a variety of workers from various industries. Ordinary movements such as gripping, holding, bending, twisting, clenching and reaching, which are not particularly harmful in the activities of our daily lives, may become hazardous in work situations due to the continual repetition of the movements, indicates a release.
Other contributing work factors can include awkward postures and fixed body positions, excessive force concentrated on small parts of the body such as the hand or wrist, a fast pace of work with insufficient breaks or recovery time, and psychosocial factors such as stress, adds the release.
CCOHS has infographics, social media cards, posters, and podcasts available for free to help workplaces. For more information visit. www.ccohs.ca/events/rsi.