International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day 2022

February 18, 2022

February 28 is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention. Every year some 2.3 million Canadian adults are crippled by RSIs and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that seriously limit their daily activities. The majority of these injuries are caused by work-related activities. For health-care workers, musculoskeletal pain and disorders are "by far and away the primary type of injury suffered" with almost half caused by patient handling.

RSIs and MSDs 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:RSI-1

  • Reporting symptoms and hazards early to your supervisor and joint health and safety committee (JHSC) or health and safety representative
  • Insisting on quality training to address these issues
  • Pressing employers to implement ergonomic prevention solutions
  • Encouraging governments to enact effective and enforced ergonomic regulations

RSI Day 2022 - Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is holding its free annual event to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event will be held virtually only and has been extended from a one-day event to a weekly webinar series for the month of February. Registration for this free event is required to participate. Click here to learn more about the webinars and to register. Videos from OHCOW's 2022 RSI Day sessions are also available on the OHCOW YouTube channel.

Learn More:

Check out our updated Occupational Health and Safety guide for members. You can also download the guide as PDF here.

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

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

MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario (from the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders)

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

Visit the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers website for information about occupational disease, injuries and illnesses, and helpful resources.