February 28th is the Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day implemented by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), repetitive strain injuries describe a family of painful disorders affecting tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands. CCOHS says that “MSDs are the most frequent type of lost-time injury and the single largest source of lost-time costs in Canada”.
An unavoidable problem
At the IRSST, research on MSD prevention is concentrated at the heart of the Sustainable Prevention and Work Environment field. The researchers in this field place considerable importance on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This unavoidable problem was also targeted as a priority in the CNESST’s 2010–2014 strategic plan with the aim of reducing the number of cases involving MSDs.
A dedicated blog is proposing scientific information that comes from the daily monitoring of more than 600 Web pages dealing with occupational health and safety (OHS).
Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) - A Better Understanding for More Effective Prevention
This practical guide offers avenues to help us in our choices to eliminate work-related musculoskeletal disorders.