Communities across Ontario will host events next week
to mark Annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day.
RSI Day events will range from simple table-top RSI/Ergonomic displays at
work or local shopping malls to community awareness campaigns with local media
attention and roundtable forums at City Halls or educational institutions.
The Workers Health & Safety Centre will be on hand to support all
initiatives including two cost-free presentations in Thunder Bay and Belleville.
Discussion will include typical ergonomic injuries, common risk factors at work,
workplace solutions, Ministry of Labour enforcement measures and a new guideline
for RSI or musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention.
RSI Day resource materials developed by the Workers Centre will help to
define the issue and how workers, their representatives and others can play a
proactive role in their workplaces identifying and recommending solutions aimed
Of course quality training resources best inform this activity. The Workers
Centre offers a variety of programs aimed at equipping all workplace parties in
all sectors of the economy and throughout Ontario with the knowledge and skills
needed to lead ergonomic prevention efforts in their workplace.
Eight years ago a few individual workers, all knowing firsthand the
debilitating effects RSIs or MSDs can have on work and life outside of work,
took it upon themselves to ignite a movement to raise awareness of these
injuries, their causes, solutions and the need for fair worker compensation.
They understood as many do, prevention efforts need to be multi-faceted and
sustained -- every day of every year. This said, International RSI Awareness Day
events, held annually the last day of February, the only non-repetitive day on
the calendar, help provide a focus for creating awareness and action on this
To learn more visit
the Workers Health & Safety Centre 2007 RSI Day web