Firms 'must protect workers against RSIs'

More needs to be done by managers to help prevent the onset of workplace issues such as repetitive strain injuries (RSI) among their older members of staff.

That is according to new research published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL), which calls on companies to look after their ageing employees better.

The study found that, over the next ten years, firms look set to become increasingly reliant on more experienced professionals, as more such people are willing to work past retirement age and there will not be enough younger individuals to fill all vacancies. 

Indeed, by 2020 it is estimated 36 per cent of the UK's working population will be 50 or over.

And, with this in mind, the CIPD and the SCHWL have urged bosses to help prevent the onset of avoidable conditions such as RSIs, which currently cause 2.8 million working days to be lost across the country annually.

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-801359629-ADNFCR

09/05/2012 16:54