Guide

Prevent repetitive strain injury at work

Introduction

There are more than 20 different conditions which can be described as upper limb disorders, or repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI can affect the neck, shoulders and arms - including hands, wrists, fingers and elbows.

A wide range of businesses carry out work that may involve a risk of RSI. High-risk activities include:

  • using hand-held tools or machinery - from screwdrivers to heavy industrial tools
  • repetitive hand or arm movements, such as those involved in assembly-line work, food processing or packing
  • using computers without taking the right precautions

This guide outlines your duty to reduce the risks of RSI in your business. It covers how to assess the various risks and the steps you can take to help prevent you or any of your employees developing one of these disorders.