DMCS 670 Upper body injuries in the workplace: repetitive strain, awkward postures, and other hazards

While motion is essential to maintaining musculoskeletal health, the wrong kind of motion can result in short and long-term disability. Because people use their hands and arms so much while working, upper limb pain and impairment can be a significant impediment to carrying out work tasks with ease.  Upper limb disorders are injuries that affect the shoulders, neck, arms and hands.  They include a range of impairments that are most often caused by repetitive movements, force, awkward postures, rapid movements, and heavy loads, often in combination, and often emerging over a period years.

This module covers the causes of upper body disorders, symptoms, treatment, accommodations and return to work/remain at work planning, and the rationale for initiatives that address this common health condition.  Participants will also focus on tools that can be used to assess awkward postures and repetitive movements that might cause problems for workers and how these can be eliminated or mitigated in the workplace.