Repetitive stress injuries a continuing concern

By Heather Tick
|CHRR, Guide to Healthy Workplace|Last Updated: 05/28/2002

Work-related repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are the most widespread occupational health hazard facing North America today. Nearly two million workers suffer work-related musculoskeletal disorders every year, and about 600,000 lose time from work as a result.

RSI: What is it?

Repetitive stress injuries, also known as repetitive strain injuries or musculoskeletal injuries (MSD), refers to work-related soft-tissue disorders that occur with increasing frequency in workers engaged in jobs involving static postures and repetitive motion (using the body’s smaller muscle groups for fine motor control activities like keyboarding, mousing, writing, scanning groceries, grasping tools or objects).