Repetitive strain injury (RSI) in the workplace

This factsheet looks at repetitive strain injury (RSI) – the term most often used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repeated movement and overuse. It looks at the symptoms and causes of RSI (also known as Upper limb disorders (ULDs), cumulative trauma disorder or occupational overuse syndrome. 

Work Related Upper Limb Disorders) and the steps that individuals or employers can take to protect themselves and their staff. 

It is important that employers understand their legal responsibility to provide any ‘reasonable adjustments’ to protect their staff from injury and prevent discrimination. Computer use is one significant cause of RSI, and this factsheet includes practical information on both reducing the risk and responding effectively to any cases that may arise in an office environment.

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