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August 19, 2017
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Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) Day - Feb 28th


Feb 16/17

Each year, the last day of February is reserved for International RSI Awareness Day to take the opportunity to help raise awareness about RSIs and the need for action aimed at prevention.

Working shouldn't hurt!

Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI's) or Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the largest cause of work-related lost-time injuries in Ontario. This is the single largest class of compensation claims in the province and many more are never reported. Beyond the social, emotional and economic costs to affected individuals are the economic costs to us all, estimated at upwards of $26 billion dollars annually. The majority of RSIs or MSDs are preventable.

On February 28, join us for International RSI Awareness Day and discover some solutions that can help prevent your employees from injury. 

What can you do?

  • Organize and/or participate in a RSI Awareness Day event
  • Report symptoms and hazards early to your supervisor and Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC)
  • Report work-related MSDs to your supervisor immediately
  • Participate in ergonomic and MSD prevention training
  • Work with your supervisor to implement ergonomic prevention solutions
  • Encourage governments to enact effective and enforced ergonomic regulations.

To learn more about MSDs, check out our Ergonomics Program. To learn more about RSI Day, click here.


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