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Reporting hazards / injuries

An important element of any policy to prevent RSI in the workplace is the development of a notification system. The TUC model includes the following:

  • Employees should be encouraged to report signs and symptoms of RSI.
  • Incidence of such signs and symptoms should be logged in the accident book.
  • Line managers should have responsibility for monitoring these incidences and proposing remedial action, including reviewing the risk assessments.
  • Safety representatives should be informed periodically of the incidences, especially when there is a notable rise in numbers.
  • Annual statistics should be supplied to the health and safety committee.
If an fellow employee reports symptoms of RSI it is important that they are taken seriously and given a sympathetic hearing. They should also be encouraged to visit their family doctor and explain what work they do. Please refer to the section on treatment.