From coast to coast to coast, Unifor members are focusing on a variety of activities around this year’s 16th International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day, February 28th, 2015. We must continue to emphasize the need for Ergonomic Regulations, Justice and Dignity for Injured Workers and Respectful Accommodation.
RSI Day is an opportunity to promote injury prevention and raise awareness about the prevalence of RSIs and their effects. Repetitive Strain Injury is a generic term used to group a broad number of overuse injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, and nerves of the neck, upper and lower back, shoulders, arms, and hands. These overuse injuries can progress to become crippling disorders that reduce workers’ quality of life. By using the principles of ergonomics (where work should suit you, rather than you suiting work), we can re-design tools, work stations, workplaces and work organization to reduce the risk of workers getting hurt.
Held on the last day of February, it is the only "non-repetitive" day on the calendar and is officially observed on February 29th. Unions, workers support groups and others around the world mark International RSI Day each year.
As part of your awareness building activities, you can reproduce the Health and Safety Fact Sheets on shoulders, backs, wrists, arms and standing from the links below:
In addition, the annual OHCOW International RSI Day conference is available with the aid of the eDome so that anyone can access the live event free of charge regardless of geographic location.
On February 28th, 2015, participate in your area activities through your Labour Councils and other community organizations to continue raising awareness.