OOS or Occupational Overuse Syndrome (Level 2)

Written By: T. Pascal Brown
Description: An article about OOS or Occupational Overuse Syndrome
Instructions: Read the sentences below and answer the questions or fill in the spaces


Situation: Read this short conversation and answer the questions.

Jack and Nicky are two production workers in an international tyre (tire) factory. They are referring to Kevin who is their team leader (supervisor).

Jack: At our meeting Kevin was talking about OOS? What is OOS?
Nicky: Oh, come on. You know about OOS don’t you?

Jack: What do you mean I know about it. I wouldn’t be asking you if I did. What is it mate?
Nicky: OOS is all about keeping your body healthy in the workplace. It is about having short breaks every now and again or else your arms and shoulders will get tired.

Jack: Eh?
Nicky: Well, if you keep doing the same action all day then your shoulders or hands or neck may become sore. If you do the same action again and again for weeks on end, then that sore part of your body may turn into a real problem. Your neck may get so sore that you cannot work.

Jack: What do the letters O – O – S stand for?
Nicky: Occupational Overuse Syndrome

Jack: What?
Nicky: Occupational means ‘at work’. Overuse means ‘doing one action too much’ and ‘Syndrome’ is a bit like sickness.

Jack: Thanks mate.
Nicky: No problem.