Cabra Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 2, April - June 2019

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WHEN KEYING, float your hands over the keyboard, and use palm rests between burst of keying.

WHEN MOUSING, keep your wrists straight, and use the elbow to pivot.

ADJUST your chair to fit you, if possible.

CHANGE your working position often throughout the day, stretching your fingers, hands, arms and torso, and by standing and walking around for a few minutes periodically.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) also known as musculoskeletal disorder (MSDs), repetitive strain injuries are an umbrella term used to describe a family of painful disorders affecting tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands.  MSDs are the most frequent type of lost-time injury and the single largest source of lost time costs in Canada.


Gripping, holding, bending, twisting, clenching, and reaching—these ordinary movements that we naturally make every day are not particularly harmful in the activities of our daily lives.  What does make them hazardous in work situations through, is the continual repetition of the movements.  Other contributing work factors may include awkward postures and fixed body positions, excessive force concentrated on small parts of the body such as the hand or wrist, a fast pace of work with insufficient breaks or recovery time, and psychosocial factors such as stress.

Resources to help address repetitive stain injuries;


Cabra Newsletter Vol 9, Issue 1, January - March 2019

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  • When working outside try and stay in the sun. It may help reduce windchill;

  • Take breaks inside;

  • Wear suitable clothing for cold conditions that can be layered and/or has high insulating properties;

  • Keep footwear dry to save heat;

  • Keepmoving to generate body heat;

  • Cover exposed skin.

Working In Extreme Temperatures

Exposure Signs


To maintain a constant inner temperature in cold environments, the body shivers to increase heat production and reduces blood flow to the skin and extremities to lower heat loss.

Impaired Coordination

Loss of muscular coordination, may result in slow and labored movements as well as reduced dexterity in fingers, hands and toes.


Loss of feeling or tingling in fingers and toes. Frostbite, occurs when the top layer of exposed skin freezes it can occur to exposed skin.

Confusion from Overly Cold

Watch for “unusual-umbles” on yourself and your coworker - stumbles, mumbles, fumbles and grumbles.


Cabra Newsletter Vol 8, Issue 4, October - December 2018

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Oil and Gas

As a worker in the oil and gas industry, you are likely exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job.  Regular exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels (dBA) can cause permanent hearing loss.  WorkSafe BC’s noise measurements and hearing test results show that almost all workers in oil and gas are exposed to hazardous noise levels.  The result also show that workers in the oil and gas drilling sector have some of the highest hearing-loss rates of any industry.

Hearing-test data collected by employers in the oil and gas drilling sector over five years indicates the percentage of workers showing signs of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) has increased by 12 percent, from 33 percent in 2012 to 45 percent in 2017.

By comparison, 13 per cent of workers in all other noisy industries tested positive for NIHL in 2017.

Occupational audiologist with WorkSafeBC, Sasha Brown, says that most people who work in the industry are under 35.

“Now is the time that they should be protecting their hearing and setting themselves up for good hearing for the rest of their lives, so their age is something that kind of concerns me as well,” Brown told CKNW.

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and guidelines, employers are required to provide hearing-loss prevention programs, monitor noise levels and conduct annual hearing tests for workers exposed to hazardous noise levels to prevent permanent hearing damage.

Brown said WorkSafe BC will also be working with employers about ways to protect their hearing.

“Education and training around noise levels and how to protect ones’ ears, and signage of course as to when to wear hearing protection and when to know when to reduce the amount of time spent around noise,” she said.