Repetitive Strains

MSD Prevention

Workplace pains and strains are injuries affect muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), repetitive strain injuries (RSIS), cumulative trauma disorders (CTDS) or repetitive motion injuries (RMIS). MSDs develop as a result of the effect of repetitive, forceful or awkward movements on bones, joints, ligaments or other soft tissues. The symptoms such as discomfort, pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or restricted movements can result. There is a strong link between exposure to work related risk factors for MSDs and the development of these disorders, however, they can be prevented.

Guidance is presented below to assist workers, supervisors and faculty to develop ergonomically sound workplaces and procedures.