Feb. 28: Repetitive Stress Injury Awareness Day

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February 28 was Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day. To help prevent such injuries in the workplace, the WCB recommends the following:

  • Incorporate regular rest and stretch breaks into the work day.
  • Vary or rotate job tasks to change positions and to avoid overuse of any one body part.
  • Minimize awkward postures by adjusting work heights, decreasing reaching distances and organizing work stations.
  • Modify the work area and equipment to avoid pressing against hard or sharp surfaces.
  • Limit high forces by using appropriate tools, such as carts or hoists.
  • Reduce the size of loads and carrying distances.
  • Limit exposure to cold temperatures and ensure adequate clothing is worn for the work climate.