Factsheet 6 - Repetitive Strain Injuries in EU Member States
‘Repetitive Strain Injury’ or ‘RSI’ is a commonly used, if not universally agreed, term to cover a range of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. These disorders can affect both upper and lower limbs including the shoulders and neck, the wrist, elbows and knees, and can be caused by work involving awkward postures and movements or of a highly repetitive or fast-paced nature (see Agency report Workrelated neck and upper limb musculoskeletal disorders). This fact sheet highlights the findings of a new European Agency report, Repetitive Strain Injuries in the Member States of the European Union, and is based on the results of a survey questionnaire distributed in 1999. It was carried out at the request of the Dutch Ministry for Social Affairs and Employment who wanted to know how different European countries define and measure the ‘RSI’ problem and the types of policies and actions they have in place to tackle it.