Making Work Fit the Worker
- Design the job to avoid the hazard: Plan your day so that you change position often and build in opportunities to move your body. This doesn’t have to be done during non-instructional time – children’s bodies need the chance to move too!
- Ensure that you have a well-designed workspace: Learn about basic office ergonomics – focus on 90 degrees at the knees, the hips, and the elbows. In the classroom, make sure you have an appropriately sized chair and that you can safely do the physical elements of your job. If you don’t have the tools you need, speak to your supervisor.
- Pay attention to your body for signs of concern: RSIs typically affect the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands. You may experience pain, numbness, or tingling. Go to your healthcare provider and talk to them about accommodations you may need from your employer to avoid further injury.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day
is the last day of February each year
(February 29th or February 28th in non-leap years)
since this is the only “non-repetitive” day of the year.