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This February 28, join your union in raising awareness about Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs).

These types of musculoskeletal disorders have a devastating impact on workers, affecting 2.3 million Canadians every year. RSIs leave many workers suffering from limited mobility at home and at work.

Beyond the physical and psychological effects, the financial impact is immense, costing our national economy $26 billion annually.

RSIs are caused by common actions, including pulling, griping, lifting, reaching, twisting and bending. They are aggravated when you combine these actions with poor working conditions, including little to no recovery time or breaks, fast pace, excessive force or weight, and fixed positions. Those affected experience ongoing or intermittent discomfort, pain and limited mobility in wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, back, arms, and other body parts.

Ensuring proper job design is vital to preventing RSIs. This includes implementing adequate breaks and recovery time and/or appropriate equipment. Your employer has a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace.

Prevention is the key to protecting your health and safety on the job. Your union encourages you to learn more about RSIs and educate your co-workers.

If you believe you are at risk for an RSI, please contact your employer, your joint health and safety committee member, your union representative or your union health and safety specialist.
Remember RSIs can change your life. Together, let us ensure healthy and safe workplaces for all.

What Can You Do about RSIs?

- Share Our RSI Graphic on February 28 on Social Media to Raise Awareness

- Speak to One or Two Co-workers about RSIs

- Inform your joint health and safety committee member, your union representative or your union health and safety specialist if you notice or experience a problem.

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