Repetitive strain injuries are the scourge of many a workplace. From a standard, 9-5 office role to active work in manual labour and construction, repetitive strain injuries are a very real problem and threat for employees and employers across a wide number of industries.
Therefore, taking preventative measures to help minimise repetitive strain injuries is an essential part of any employer’s strategy when it comes to safeguarding employee’s health and physical well-being.
5 simple ways to minimise repetitive strain injuries
- Get the right equipment
It sounds so simple, but all too often the end user is not considered when ordering office equipment – partly for budgetary reasons, partly because things like keyboards are usually ordered in bulk. Either way, ergonomic keyboards are a simple and effective way of ensuring long-term comfort for office workers.
- Take regular breaks
We all know how easy it is to become glued to the screen during hectic times, but taking regular breaks is essential in the battle to minimise repetitive strain injuries. In fact, the latest research suggests that a five-minute break should be taken following every 20 or 30 minutes of continuous, repetitive activity. It’s important to take a proper break. Get up and walk around to give your eyes a break from the screen.
- Ease back in after a holiday
Following a total break from all work, it’s important not to hurl yourself back in at full throttle immediately, especially if you have taken an extended break. Immediately jumping back in at the deep end, with no time to acclimatise or get back up to speed is dangerous.
- Sit up
Most office workers are seated for several hours during the day. Therefore, adjusting your seat to give you optimum comfort and support, whilst maintaining a straight back, is essential to help minimise repetitive strain injuries.
- Act on symptoms
Symptoms of repetitive strain injuries rarely go away if ignored. It’s far more likely that they will get worse. Acting as soon as symptoms occur can help limit their impact. Look at your equipment, change how you sit and start taking regular breaks.
Can I claim?
Remember that if your employer has not taken steps to help staff minimise repetitive strain injuries, and you have suffered as a result, then you may be due compensation. With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline have the expertise to help so give us a call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. You can also take a 30-second online test to determine the eligibility of your claim.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice