From The Ergoweb® Learning Center

New Guidelines Mark RSI Day

Great Britain’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) celebrated RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) Day on February 28 with the release of new guidelines for video display units (VDUs) and a leaflet called Aching Arms to assist small businesses in addressing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

The VDU guidelines include two pamphlets called The Law on VDUs: an easy guide, and Work With Display Screen Equipment. According to the HSE’s website, the former offers “step by step practical advice on how to comply with the DSE regulations,” while the latter gives details of the regulations.

Topics covered by the publications also include working with laptop computers, input devices, telecommuting, and software designed to assist in the prevention of MSDs.

A recent survey in Great Britain estimated that four million working days are lost each year in that country to work-related upper limb and neck MSDs. RSI Day is annually held around the globe on the last day of February, the only non-repeating day of the year.