HSE tool to identify RSI tasks

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has unveiled a tool to help employers reduce the risk of their staff suffering from musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limbs associated with repetitive tasks.

The Assessment of Repetitive Tasks tool, developed by the HSE and Health and Safety Laboratory, is designed to help anyone with responsibility for design, assessment, management and inspection of repetitive work, including assembly line, production, processing and packaging and sorting work, as well as people involved in the regular use of hand tools, it suggested.

However, the tool was not intended for display screen equipment assessments, the HSE said.

The tool can help to identify repetitive tasks and uses a numerical score and a traffic-light approach to indicate the level of risk.

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