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28 February 2013 is RSI Awareness Day

RSI Information Sheet

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are a range of injuries to muscles, tendons, and nerves and can affect any of the limbs. RSI is neither a hazard nor a risk, but is a health problem which is often caused by work.

RSIs are also commonly known as Muskuloskeletal Disorders. The causes of RSI include: Working too fast, excessive workloads, long hours, a lack of variety or breaks, overuse, repetitive movements, awkward grip or positions, using too much force, badly designed equipment, poor working environments (including low temperatures) and stress.

UNISON members at risk include: carpenters, cooks, care assistants, cleaners, office workers, drivers, nurses, and computer users.

If you think that you are affected by RSI in your job please contact your UNISON Safety Representative or the Branch Health and Safety Officer (care of the Branch Office).

Dave McConnell
Branch Health and Safety Officer




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