Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and other musculoskeletal disorders, including back problems, are just some of the work related conditions office workers are at risk of developing due to the often repetitive nature of their work. Fortunately, there are several types of software that assist in the prevention of repetitive stress disorders.
This type of software reminds you to take regular breaks based on a variety of factors, including for instance, the time elapsed since your last break, natural rest patterns, how much and how intensely you have been working, the time of day and more.
Taking regular breaks is of high importance when trying to prevent repetitive strain injuries, as continued exposure to repetitive movement and excessive pressure on muscle groups, is a high risk factor in the development of upper limb disorders.
Activity mitigation software enables you to cut down how much you need to type or use your mouse. This kind of software may, for example, consist of automatic clicking, speech recognition and macro or hot key tools.
For obvious reasons, using such tools also goes a long way towards preventing an employee developing a repetitive strain injury.
Keeping track of working hours and break patterns, keystrokes, mouse clicks and more, some tracking tools even include risk and discomfort assessment capabilities, reporting tools and other features designed to prevent repetitive strain injuries, headaches and other occupational conditions.
Some software enables multiple computer use, for aggregation of usage statistics or profile settings, for instance, via networked data. This also includes the ability to deal with intermittent connectivity.
Training employees is a first step towards preventing occupational diseases. Some available software includes information and training in matters of work station set-up and body positioning, psycho-social information, and work-efficiency tips, for example.
Ask your employer
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers. This includes taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of accidents at work and preventing employees developing repetitive strain injuries and other industrial illnesses.
If you work in a busy office environment, ask your employer to consider investing in this kind of software to make preventing injuries at work easier.
Failure to protect
If your employer fails to protect your health and you suffer with an occupational illness as a result, you may be entitled to work injury compensation. Get your repetitive strain injury claim started by making a confidential call to Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice