February 28 is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day

February 13, 2018

February 28 is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention. Every year millions of Canadians suffer RSIs and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that seriously impact their quality of life. The majority of these injuries are caused by work-related activities.

Reported RSIs account for more than 40 per cent of all lost-time injuries allowed by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). This is the single largest class of compensation claims in the province. Many more go unreported and many that are reported are turned down.

The majority of RSIs or MSDs are preventable. Actions that can be taken include:

  • Report symptoms and hazards early to your supervisor and joint health and safety committee (JHSC) or health and safety representative
  • Insist on quality training to address these issues
  • Press employers to implement ergonomic prevention solutions
  • Encourage governments to enact effective and enforced ergonomic regulations
  • Organize and/or participate in an RSI Awareness Day event

We need to work together to spread awareness and educate workers so these injuries can be prevented.

There are several International RSI Awareness Day events taking place across Ontario.

WHSC Ergonomics Training in Support of RSI Day: The Workers Health and Safety Centre marks RSI Awareness Day with its newly updated "WHSC Ergonomics: Basic Principles" program offered at a special rate of just $20 (plus HST) in communities across Ontario. Registration closes soon- click here to learn more.

RSI Day Plus 2018 Webinar: Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) will hold its annual RSI-PLUS Awareness Day event, broadcast on February 28, 2018 from the eDome at Sudbury’s Cambrian College. The free webinar "Workplace Well-Being: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies" can be accessed by anyone, regardless of geographic location. All that is required is a high-speed internet connection and sound. You must register by February 23. Click here for registration details.

RSI Day Conference 2018 - Toronto: The theme of this year's Toronto RSI Day Conference is "RSI: Health and Dignity." The conference will take place on February 28 from 9:30 to 4 at the OPSEU Membership Centre (31 Wellesley Steet East, Toronto.) To register, email rsiawareness@gmail.com by Monday, February 26.

Please encourage your members and colleagues to participate in an RSI Awareness Day event in their communities!

Learn More:

Click here to see the RSI Awareness Day fact sheet prepared by the Workers Health and Safety Centre.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour website to learn more about RSIs/MSDs and access helpful resources.

ONA's Health and Safety webpage has information about MSDs including Joint Health and Safety Committee Resources.