Question: First contact the RSI Association Tel 01895 431134 and talk to Peter kilbride. Also attend the RSIA AGM on Sat 22 June at TUC headquarters in London; Peter will give you the details. They can give you all the statistics you need. Also contact Owen Tudor at the TUC for the Unions side of things.The only thing I have seen on TV on RSI has been a bit in Peak Practice and a short piece on Health and Safety at work on The Pulse.
Yes I do think a film would be a good idea. It could be on the “political” side of RSI i.e. employers not assessing work stations, just think of all those shots you see on TV of any computer set up with a large monitor in the corner of the desk (especially shots of telesales people, banks etc), problems with RSI not being recognized in the courts, litigation, lack of government funding for research, lack of treatment in NHS etc. how computer games players can get it (all those teenagers with wrecked arms before they leave school!). I could go on…and on…and on…(but I have RSI)
OR you could do it on what RSI is, i.e. diffuse RSI, distinct RSI (CTS, tennis elbow, tendinitis etc.) how it can be treated – REALLY useful as the medical profession still seem to have no idea. How to prevent it , desk set up, ergonomics etc. how it can be helped if you have got it – Access to Work, RSIA, Computability Centre, Voice recognition. You get the idea. See the various resources on the internet for more information.
I had been wondering about asking the RSIA if they would get involved with making a documentary on one of BBC/C4 public access slots.
Answer 1: I agree that the whole story of employers just ignoring the risks of RSI is worth an investigative documentary. Employees are not well informed either but the employers have a duty to assess and mitigate the risks under the EC directive EC/270, passed in 1992 I believe and now part of the Health and Safety rags.
The other interesting story IMO involves the lack of knowledge (and even lack of belief that RSI exists) of the GPs, specialists and physiotherapists that they encounter in trying to recover from RSI, with a follow on that active ‘self case management’ and use of alternative therapies are frequently necessary to recover at all.
There is a huge gap between the cost of recovery, financial, personal and social, and the cost of prevention.