Thursday, March 03, 2005

Injuries fall, profits rise

Northwestern Ontario labour groups are calling on the Ontario government to enact regulations to help prevent repetitive strain injuries.

The group — which includes unions and the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group — wants regulations like those British Columbia introduced in 1998.

The B.C. regulations resulted in a 20-per-cent fall in repetitive strain injuries (RSI) between 2000 and 2002, data from the group shows.

“It’s similar to your health and safety regulations,” said Steve Mantis, president of the injured workers support group.

The regulations would essentially be guidelines for employers to identify RSI risks and do worker assessments, Mantis said.

RSI - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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