Health & Safety
Feb. 28 is RSI Day – an occasion to raise awareness of preventable repetitive strain injuries
Learn how to detect early signs and symptoms
February 16, 2023 By Turf & Rec
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is encouraging Canadian workplaces to use International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day (RSI Day) on Feb. 28 to raise awareness about these injuries and share prevention methods.
Repetitive strain injuries (also referred to as musculoskeletal disorders) are an umbrella 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. These injuries can happen to workers in all industries, manifesting over time from the repetitiveness of everyday movements like bending, twisting, clenching and reaching.
Leading up to RSI Day and beyond, organizations can spread awareness and educate workers about injury prevention. To help get them started, CCOHS has a collection of infographics, fact sheets, posters, podcasts, courses and other resources available for free at www.ccohs.ca/events/rsi.
“Repetitive strain injuries develop slowly over time,” Anne Tennier, president and chief executive officer at CCOHS, says. “Because of this, workers need to be made aware of the causes of these injuries and how to recognize early signs and symptoms. But most importantly, everyone should be trained on how to prevent them.”
- According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), 9,960 accepted lost-time injuries due to musculoskeletal and connective tissue injuries were reported in 2021 (up 6.5 per cent from 2020).
- RSI Day is Feb. 29 (Feb. 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.
- International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day Website
- Musculoskeletal Disorders Resources
- Ergonomic Resources
- Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): Awareness Course (free)
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