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25 February 2000

RSI - a trade unionists' guide
The Labour Research Department (LRD) today publishes a trade unionists' guide to preventing and dealing with work-related repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).

RSI is a growing risk for increasing numbers of workers in a wide range of occupations.

Since LRD last published a booklet on this subject in 1992, new regulations requiring employers to assess health and safety risks in the workplace have come in to force. Awareness of RSI has also increased greatly, with significant developments in the understanding of the causes of RSI and in the law relating to employer liability and compensation for sufferers. However, increased computerisation and mechanisation combined with speed-ups in the pace of work have also meant that RSI is potentially a problem for more and more workers.

The LRD guide looks at the symptoms, causes and cost of RSI and at which workers are most at risk. It stresses the importance of prevention and describes what trade union and safety reps can do in the workplace to prevent RSI becoming a problem. It also has a section on dealing with RSI, including advice on getting treatment and claiming compensation.

Notes to editors

RSI - a trade unionists' guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.15 or ?10 for commercial organisations.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?26.95 (?68.95 for for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 56 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For press enquiries on the booklet contact Paul Stephenson, LRD health and safety researcher, on 020 7902 9826. For general enquiries contact Celia Dignan, LRD booklets editor, on 020 7902 9813.

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