A Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an injury that occurs over a period of time during which we repeatedly expose our bodies to minor strains without taking enough time to rest and recover. These injuries can lead to discomfort, muscle weakness, and nerve damage, which can limit your abilities, reduce your productivity, and negatively impact your life in a variety of ways. Taking regular breaks allows your body to rest and recover. RSIGuard is a break reminder software and a helpful tool that can improve your break-taking habits.
UCLA Ergonomics has purchased licenses of RSIGuard for use by campus staff and faculty. Student-workers, part-time employees, and other persons on paid status with UCLA are welcome to use RSIGuard.
How to Download RSIGuard
Windows OS - Instructions: Follow the link: https://www.rsiguard.com/download/?id=ucla Authorized users must have a valid UCLA email address to receive a link to download RSIGuard. You will receive an email from Cority RSIGuard Support: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line UCLA RSIGUARD DOWNLOAD LINK. Follow the link to begin the download process.
Mac OS - Instructions: Follow the link: https://www.rsiguard.com/download and download the 45-day trial for Mac OS X (International Edition). Send an email to email@example.com for a registration code to convert your trial copy into a permanent copy.
Users must have administrative privileges to install software on the computer or should contact their IT Help Desk to complete the installation.
Use the Setup Wizard to configure RSIGuard after initial installation and consider these tips when answering the questions.
- Computer comfort – RSIGuard will reduce the amount of time between breaks based on how frequently you experience discomfort related to your computer workstation use. The time between breaks ranges between 22 and 60 minutes. You have the option to postpone breaks and RSIGuard will adjust the number of postponements based on your report comfort level.
- Willingness to follow BreakTimer’s suggestions – RSIGuard will adjust the level and type of intervention to motivate users to take desired, suggested, or required breaks. In the most involved cases, RSIGuard will disable your keyboard and mouse to ensure compliance with required work restrictions.
- Taking Breaks – The pop-up BreakTimer window and Begin Break Buttons are options to start rest periods. The pop-up BreakTimer window will initiate a break and is recommended for users with work restrictions. Use of the Begin Break Button will allow you to postpone taking a break, or extend the active computer time and is recommended for most users.
- Stretches – If checked, you will be shown 3 stretches when the BreakTimer is activated.
- Forget Me Not Reminders and Microbreaks – You are advised to take microbreaks as part of the ForgetMeNot Reminders.
You can adjust the RSIGuard features at any time within the Settings menu. To access the settings menu click on the gear symbol and select Settings.
For Microsoft Windows:
If you had a system administrator install RSIGuard for you, you will likely need their assistance to uninstall RSIGuard as well. This is because your organization may have restricted your rights to install and uninstall software on your computer.
If you installed RSIGuard yourself or if you have rights to install/uninstall software, then you can do so by following these instructions:
1. Exit RSIGuard (by clicking on the Tools menu and selecting Exit RSIGuard). If you can't do this step for any reason, you'll need to reboot your computer after uninstallation occurs to complete the uninstallation process.
2. Click on the Start menu
3. Select "Programs" (or "All Programs" in Windows XP)
4. Select "RSIGuard"
5. Select "Uninstall RSIGuard" and follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation. If you don't see the "Uninstall RSIGuard" option, you can also uninstall RSIGuard from the Windows Control Panel. To do so:
1. Click on the Start menu
2. Select "Settings"
3. Select "Control Panel"
4. Select "Add/Remove Programs"
5. In the list of programs shown, select "RSIGuard"
6. Click on the "Remove" button and follow the prompts to complete the uninstallation
If this procedure gives you an error message, then you don't have the necessary rights to uninstall RSIGuard. You will need to contact your system administrator.
For Mac OS:
RSIGuard is installed using Apple PackageMaker, which is Apple's recommended standard method for installation. Although it does not provide an uninstaller, uninstalling on the Mac is simple. To uninstall RSIGuard, exit RSIGuard, browse to the Applications folder in the Finder, then select RSIGuard.app and drag it to the Trash Can.