Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Day

Recognized Yearly on February 29th*

*February 28th in non-leap years

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) refers to a category of injuries involving damage to muscles, tendons and nerves
caused by overuse or misuse.

More workers sustain RSIs than all other occupational injuries combined.

Workplace injuries such as repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s) account for:

42%
of all lost time claims

50%
of all lost time days

These injuries are also increasingly being reported by students and others in our communities.

Each year much of Ontario’s workforce sustain Repetitive Strain Injuries.

What is both troubling and a source of encouragement is knowing RSIs are preventable.

Repetitive Strain Injury Day, increases awareness of these critical, debilitating issues and serves to educate workers about the hazards and prevention methods.

RSI Day 2022

Coming Soon…

Our 2022 Event is currently in the planning stages.
We will be providing updates here in early 2022.

In the meantime, use the links below to view resources from our previous events.

PREVIOUS SESSIONS

2021

Exploring New Horizons

OHCOW’s Most Successful RSI Day Event in it’s 22 year history with 1088 registrants!

Investigating the Impact of Physical, Psychosocial and Behavioural Changes Related to Office Settings

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A Truly Remote Workstation

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OHCOW’s New Office Ergonomics Handbook – Part 1

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 Introducing the Anthropometric Calculator

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OHCOW’s New Office Ergonomics Handbook – Part 2

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Rapid Upper Limb Assessment

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Understanding the Use of WSIAT Discussion Papers

OHCOW’s New Office Ergonomics Handbook – Part 3

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Dupuytren’s Contacture

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Understanding Industry 4.0

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New Assessment Methods for Above-Shoulder Work and Manual Materials Handling

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Dupuytren’s Contacture

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2020

“What is a Workers’ Life Worth?”

Presented in Partnership with the Sudbury Local Advisory Committee

It’s easy to place a dollar value on work, but how do we calculate the value of the life of a worker?
Health and Safety regulations are weak and poorly enforced.
Fines are low, compensation is limited.
We don’t even know what counts as an occupational death.

RSI Day 2020 Introduction

Understanding Permanent Impairment Awards

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Economics of Ergonomics – Cost Effective Solutions

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Using Scientific Evidence to Drive Prevention and Compensation

Hazard Assess

A Thought-Provoking Discussion by a Panel of Canadian Experts

Panel intro and background segment:
Reuben Roth, Moderator

Panel Discussion – Part 1

Panel Discussion – Part 2

CTV News
What’s A Workers’ Life Worth?

Links to the videos of these sessions will be available soon.

Steven Bittle is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. His research and teaching interests include crimes of the powerful, corporate crime, corporate criminal liability, safety crimes, and the sociology of law. His publications include Still Dying for a Living: Corporate Criminal Liability after the Westray Mine Disaster (2012, UBC Press); “Work-related Deaths in Canada,” Labour/Le Travail, 82 (Fall 2018): 159–187 (with A. Chen and J. Hébert); and “Obscuring Corporate Violence: Corporate Manslaughter in Action”, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 58(4): 554-579 (with J. Hébert and S. Tombs).

Paul Demers is the Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, based in Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), and a Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He has a PhD in epidemiology and Master’s degree in occupational hygiene and his research focuses primarily on occupational cancer and other diseases. He has been a member of many national and international expert committees dealing with occupational cancer.

Bob Barnetson is a professor of labour relations at Athabasca University. Bob is an active trade unionist and a member of his university’s occupational health and safety committee. Bob is the author of The political economy of workplace injury in Canada (2010) and co-author (with Jason Foster) of Health and safety in Canadian workplaces (2016).

Janice Martell is an Occupational Health Coordinator at OHCOW. In April, 2015, she founded the McIntyre Powder Project, creating a voluntary registry to document health issues in mine workers – including her father, Jim Hobbs – who were historically exposed to compulsory aluminum inhalation under the McIntyre Powder prophylaxis program. Janice is a strong advocate for workers’ compensation system reform, particularly for occupational diseases.

J.P. Mrochek is currently a full time WSIB worker advocate for the United Steelworkers Local 6500 with specialized knowledge of occupation disease in the nickel producing industry. Workers in the nickel mining industry were exposed to multiple known carcinogens and toxins which have resulted in significant harm impacting quality of life and death. Since 2006, he has assisted hundreds of pensioners or their estates with their WSIB occupational disease claims. J.P. has also actively lobbied the Ontario government to protection benefits for WSIB widows of occupational disease victims and for the protections of benefits for retired COPD victims.

The following references were used in the preparation of the above presentations:

Jordan Barab. Acts of God, Acts of Man. WorkingUSA, vol. 7, no. 2, Fall 2003, pp. 7–23.

Bob Barnetson. 2010. The Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada. Athabasca AB: Athatbasca University Press.

Steven Bittle, Ashley Chen, and Jasmine Hébert, “Work-Related Deaths in Canada,” Labour/Le Travail 82 (Fall 2018): 159–187.

Cancer Care Ontario and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre. “Burden of Occupational Cancer in Ontario,” http://www.occupationalcancer.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Burden-of-Occupational-Cancer-in-Ontario.pdf

Ann Del Bianco and Paul A. Demers. “Trends in compensation for deaths from occupational cancer in Canada,” CMAJ Open 2013.DOI:10.9778/cmajo.2013-0015.

Jason Foster and Bob Barnetson. 2016. Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces. Athabasca AB: Athatbasca University Press.

Sean Tucker and Anya Keefe. “2019 Report on Work Fatality and Injury Rates in Canada.” 25 Apr. 2019. Regina, SK: University of Regina. https://www.uregina.ca/business/faculty-staff/faculty/file_download/2019-Report-on-Workplace-Fatalities-and-Injuries.pdf

2019

“Looking Back and Moving Forward”

– 20th Anniversary –

Vibration White Foot Disorder

Concussions in the Workplace

Meet Catherine Fenech – RSI Day Founder

Introduction to the New Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Guidelines

Moving Forward

2018

Workplace Well-Being: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

StressAssess – Workplace Stress and It’s Prevention

John Oudyk, Occupational Hygienist,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Shiftwork – Health Effects and Solutions

James Miuccio, Occupational Hygienist,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Psychosocial Ergonomics

Melissa Statham, Ergonomist,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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Economics of Ergonomics: How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Trevor Schell, Ergonomist,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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An Introduction to mCROSH

Caleb Leduc, Research Development Management,
CROSH, Laurentian University

2017

Using OHCOW’s Ergo Tools App for Managing Workplace Office Ergonomics

Dr. Mike Sonne, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Ergonomics of Smart Phone and Tablets

Melissa Statham and Trevor Schell,
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

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The Implications of Sit Stand Workstations

Chelsie Baizana, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Noise: Its Effects and Methods to Reduce Exposure

Dr. Kevin Hedges, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Questions and Concluding Remarks

2016

Ergonomics of Driving

Brenda Mallat, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Potential Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

Chelsie Baizana, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

If you have questions / comments regarding RSI Day or any of the sessions from above, please contact OHCOW.