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Repetitive Stress Injuries and Warning Signs

Employees injured at work must report to Health Services in Building 26 for evaluation, treatment, and/or referral. Repetitive stress injuries are included in this policy.

If you experience tingling, numbness, swelling, or pain in your hand or wrist for several hours or for more than one day, don't wait — report immediately to your supervisor and Division Safety Coordinator. By their nature, repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome become more serious over time. Early detection, evaluation, and treatment are essential to prevent serious injury.

Employees at risk for cumulative trauma disorders may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness or a burning sensation in arm, hand, or fingers, especially fingertips at night
  • Reduced grip strength in the hand
  • Swelling or stiffness in the joints, or decreased range of joint motion
  • Pain from movement or pressure, in wrists, forearms, elbows, neck, or back
  • Reduced range of motion in the shoulder, neck, or back
  • Dry, itchy, or sore eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Aching or tingling; cramping

After you report an ergonomic-related injury, a workstation evaluation by EH&S will be requested automatically by Health Services. You may also schedule an evaluation online by logging on to the Ergo Database.

»Learn more about Berkeley Lab's Ergonomics Program and resources.