Did you know that 2.3 million Canadians every year are affected by Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs)?
These types of musculoskeletal disorders have a devastating impact on workers, limiting mobility at work and at home. It also has a huge financial effect on our economy, costing $26 billion annually.
That’s why it is so important that you join your union this February 28 in marking Repetitive Strain Injury Day and raising awareness about preventing RSIs.
Pulling, lifting, reaching, and bending are among the common actions that can cause RSIs. Key factors that contribute to RSIs include little to no recovery time or breaks, fast pace, or excessive force or weight, and fixed positions when performing these tasks.
However, the good news is RSIs can be prevented through proper job design, including adequate breaks and recovery time and/or appropriate equipment. The employer has a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace for you. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about prevention. Click here for more information on RSIs.
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.
Remembers RSIs can be life-altering. Reach out now to protect your health and safety.
Wayne Hanley, President, UFCW Canada Local 1006A