Breaking Point

Breaking Point : A Guide to Preventing Occupational Overuse Syndrome

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Modern, repetitive jobs are physically disabling more and more workers. This syndrome is becoming recognized as one of the workplace diseases of the 1990s. The problem has, in fact, been around for centuries. But it is only in the last decade or so that it has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. The injuries happen everywhere. They affect people in such diverse jobs as clerical work, data processing, assembly line work, mining and packaging. Or, for that matter, in any physical task that has become segmented, repetitious, specialized or concentrated. Today, the disease goes by many different names - Ocupational Overuse Syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury, Cumulative Trauma Disorder, Work-Related Upper Limb Disorder, and so on. Whatever it is called, the resulting pain and fatigue can build up into a crippling and incurable disability. All too often, the real cause - the workplace - is not recognized by those treating the symptoms. Workers, union safety representatives and everybody else concerned with workplace design and practice need to be fully aware of its causes and of the best ways of preventing and limiting them. This book is intended to help workers and safety representatives to participate effectively in planning workplace changes and so defend against job design that places production demands above the health and safety of workers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 6.35mm | 116g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • line illustrations
  • 0745310222
  • 9780745310220

About I.C.E.F.

The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM, formerly the ICEF) is based in Brussels and represents workers worldwide in nationally based unions.show more