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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Updated 18 September 2019

Words you may need to know

Adjustable – when something can be moved to a different position

Repetitive - doing an action over and over again

Muscular / skeletal - affecting muscles and bones

Disorders - a medical condition

VDU - display screen user such as someone working with a computer screen

Production line workers - someone who usually works in a factory type setting

Statistics - information, figures

Circumstances - situation or position

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a word used to describe a group of muscular / skeletal disorders which often affect keyboard and VDU workers, production line workers, printing and packaging workers.

In Jersey, anyone receiving Incapacity Allowance/Pension for this type of injury will have their case picked up from statistics by the Health and Safety Inspectorate, who will look into the circumstances of the sufferer. This may involve advising the employer on suitable seating, adjustable work stations and the need to take enough work breaks during the day.

If you are suffering from RSI but have not had sick leave you should advise the Health and Safety Inspectorate of your problem and ask for help and information to ease the situation.

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