RSI Awareness Day: February 28: Because Work Shouldn't Hurt

February 8, 2010, 3:40 PM EST

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CAW members and other workers across the country continue to suffer from the debilitating effects of Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) or Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).

RSIs and MSDs are an invisible epidemic. Approximately 2.3 million Canadians have experienced a RSI serious enough to limit their normal activities, according to a new Statistics Canada study. This marks a significant increase in RSI incidence over the five-year period between 1996 and 2001. According to the survey, the majority of these injuries are caused by work-related activity. The only way to prevent these injuries is to know the risks.

The 11th International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day is February 28. This is a day to build awareness and to continue emphasizing the need for ergonomic regulations, justice and dignity for injured workers and respectful accommodation.

CAW President Ken Lewenza is urging CAW locals to raise RSI awareness, by reproducing the Health and Safety Fact Sheets on shoulders, backs, wrists, arms and standing, which can be found on the Health and Safety section of the CAW National website at:

Also available on the CAW website is an RSI Day poster and leaflet. CAW locals are urged to take part in area activities through your local labour councils and community organizations on February 28.

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