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RSI Day Webinar Series

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

OHCOW is pleased to announce the return of our free annual international event focussed on Repetitive Strain Injuries and their prevention. Now in its 25th year, OHCOW’s RSI Day program continues to translate the knowledge and experience of our professional staff and guest speakers to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due its ever-expanding audience, this year’s event will again be held virtually, as a 4 week webinar series over the month of February.


Thursday, February 8

10:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Focus on Workers: 25 year History & Opioid Harm Reduction

Part 1: The History of RSI Day

Learn about the origin, implementation and importance of RSI Day over its 25 year history.

Catherine Fenech – RSI Day Founder

Part 2: Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain and Opioid Misuse

Construction work is demanding, and physical injury and disability is prevalent among workers. Painful musculoskeletal health conditions, compounded by a lack of access to adequate sick leave (to aid recovery), and a culture of prioritizing productivity over health concerns, have contributed to the problem. This presentation delves into the root causes of chronic pain, including the impact of RSIs, in relation to the overall mental and physical well-being of construction workers. The construction sector has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid use in Ontario’s economy, which is detrimental to workers and to the industry. Managing chronic musculoskeletal pain safely is key to improving health outcomes for workers.

Carmine Tiano, Director of Occupational Services
Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Part 3: Opioid-related harms among Ontario workers

The opioid crisis continues to grow in Canada, however current health surveillance systems that monitor opioid-related harms have limited or no employment information. The Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS), designed to detect work-related disease in a large cohort of formerly injured Ontario workers, was recently expanded to identify opioid-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits. In this presentation, Dr. Jeavana Sritharan and Dr. Nancy Carnide will share findings from analyses of these data, including the occupational groups found to be at highest risk for opioid-related harms. They will also share the newly launched Opioids and Work Data Tool, which is an interactive data visualization tool used for exploring cases and rates of opioid-related harms among Ontario workers.

Jeavana Sritharan, Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC)
Nancy Carnide, Institute for Work and Health (IWH)


February 8
10:00 am - 1:00 pm