Spread Awareness of Repetitive Strain Injuries
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2022 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
Today on International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness (RSI) Day, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) reminds workplaces to raise awareness and promote the prevention of repetitive strain injuries.
Also known as musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term used to describe a family of painful 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 all types of industries. Gripping, holding, bending, twisting, clenching, and reaching - these ordinary movements that we naturally make every day are not particularly harmful in the activities of our daily lives. What makes them hazardous in work situations is the continual repetition of the movements. 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.
To help workplaces promote RSI Day, CCOHS has infographics, social media cards, posters, and podcasts available for free at www.ccohs.ca/events/rsi.
RSIs are the most frequent type of lost-time injury and the single largest source of lost-time costs in Canada. According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), over 10,000 accepted lost-time injuries due to musculoskeletal and connective tissue injuries were reported in 2019.
RSI Day is February 29 (February 28 in non-leap years). As the only "non-repetitive" day of the year, it’s the ideal date to devote to raising awareness of repetitive strain injuries.
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