Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day: Feb. 28

Stretching, frequent breaks reduce risk

Feb. 28, 2011, marks the 12th annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day.

In 2010, 2.3 million people, or one in every 10 adults, across Canada suffered from RSIs.

Also known as musculoskeletal disorders, RSIs are associated with repetitive work and affect muscles, tendons, nerves and joints. The discomfort and pain caused by these injuries can worsen over time and increase the risk of permanent disabilities.

In Ontario, work-related RSIs account for more than 40 per cent of lost-time injuries — the single largest class of compensation claims, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

A variety of programs are available to help employer reduce RSIs and, in many cases, stretching and frequent breaks are the best preventative actions, according to WSIB.

The International RSI Awareness Day is held annually the last day in February and provides an important opportunity to highlight the many ways employers can work to we can prevent RSIs.

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