Workplace Safety – How to Prevent Occupational Overuse Syndrome?


In today’s corporate lifestyle, most people spend more than half of their time at workplaces. Does working all day on the laptop or on an assembly line tires you up? Well, not many of you would have thought that you could get painful overuse injuries while doing your routine jobs.

Overuse injuries or Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) is a type of injury caused by repetitive movements or awkward postures. It is common to fingers, hands, wrists and elbows. OOS is also known as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).


Occupational Overuse Syndrome is mostly associated with repetitive hand movements. However, OOS can affect the tendons and muscles of any part of your body, such as the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, back and neck. Symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Restricted mobility of the affected joint

If you notice any of these symptoms, the best cure is rest. Working through OOS will only increase the pain, discomfort and stiffness. If ignored, your joints, muscles and tendons may reach the stage when they pain even at rest.

Prevention tips

Overuse injuries are common to occupations that demand for repetitive hand movements, such as jobs that require typing, sewing, working in assembly line and packaging, hairdressing, etc. The workplace design may also put you at risk for OOS. Here is how you can reduce the risk for Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS):

  • Use adjustable furniture and equipment, designed with your comfort in mind
  • Rearrange the workplace to have everything needed within easy reach
  • Maintain the correct posture to avoid neck or back strain. You should strictly quit any slouching habit.
  • Exercise to stimulate blood flow
  • Avoid prolonged, repetitive movements
  • Organize a reasonable workload, setting realistic deadlines to prevent unnecessary
  • Schedule your work to include frequent breaks. Taking breaks will give your body a chance to recover.
  • If you experience discomfort in movement of the fingers, hands, etc., stop straining it further.
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Keep a check on your stress levels
  • Stretch often to reduce pain and fight muscle stiffness

Putting continuous strain on your ligaments and bones, even continuous sitting can cause your big troubles over time. Care for yourself and prevent orthopedic issues like OOS.

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