Employers need to ensure that workers are not at risk through lack of training or because of individual factors. They can help protect their employees from developing RSI by:
- Providing information and training about RSI and how to recognise the symptoms.
- Providing information and training about how to avoid RSI through safe working techniques and safe working postures.
- Advising employees of the importance of taking breaks before the onset of fatigue and of varying their work routines.
- Informing employees of the importance of reporting symptoms of RSI straightaway.
- Providing information on how to report symptoms of RSI and a suitable system for reporting.
- Ensuring that workstations and equipment can be fully adjusted to accommodate people of different sizes, heights or particular needs.
- Ensuring that workstations and equipment can be adjusted to the needs of people with disabilities.
- Ensuring that women do not have to use equipment and tools designed for men.
- Ensuring that new employees or those returning from a long break are allowed to build up their work rate gradually.
- Ensuring that the wearing of personal protective equipment or clothing e.g. gloves does not increase the risk of RSI.