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 is also referred to as Work Related Upper Limb Disorders.
It focuses on adaptations and adjustments to computer hardware and software that can prevent RSI and deal with its symptoms. It looks at the symptoms and causes of RSI and the easy steps that individuals or employers can take to protect themselves or their staff.
As well as helping staff be as productive as possible employers have a legal responsibility to provide any Reasonable Adjustments to protect their staff from injury and prevent discrimination. This factsheet includes practical information on reducing the risks and responding effectively to cases that arise in an office environment.
Section 12 of the factsheet gives details of all the services that AbilityNet provides to reduce the risk and impacts of RSI on businesses, charities and individuals. Links to other helpful resources are given in section 13.
You may also find it useful to view a free recording of our webinar about dealing with RSI in the workplace.