International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day 2021

February 11, 2021

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

  • 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

RSI Day 2021 - Exploring New Horizons Webinar Series: Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is pleased to announce their free annual international event continues into its 22nd year to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event will be held virtually and has been extended from a one-day event to a weekly webinar series for the entire month of February.

Click here to learn more about the webinars and to register.

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 and Joint Health and Safety Committee resources.

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