ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 29 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Five Ways to Improve Ergonomics in the Laboratory," is the title of a new, free e-book released by Humantech, experts in workplace improvement. The laboratory environment poses unique challenges resulting from the use of specialized equipment. Increasing your awareness of existing and potential ergonomic issues in the lab, knowing how to adjust workstations to fit the employee, and using proper work practices can improve overall comfort, accuracy, and productivity, and reduce the risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
This e-book highlights the five most common laboratory tasks and will share some best practices that can reduce or eliminate ergonomic risk.
Two of the most common laboratory tasks include pipetting and the use of microscopes, microtomes, or vortexes. These tasks may take a long time to complete (pipetting tasks can require more than 20 hours per week), and when combined with high forces or awkward postures, specific risk factors can result, including:
- pinch grips when handling pipette tips and opening vials,
- thumb force when pressing a plunger, and
- extending elbows out to the sides.
To reduce the risk:
- Replace manual, plunger-operated pipettes with electronic ones to eliminate contact pressure on the thumb.
- Use shorter pipettes and low-profile waste receptacles for used tips, to encourage neutral elbow postures and reduce reaching.
Technicians using microscopes, microtomes, or vortexes can repeat thousands of hand and wrist movements throughout the day, which can result in the following risk factors:
- Flexed neck and back
- Elbows out or away from the body
- Pinch grip when working with samples
- Unsupported back postures for long durations
It is no secret that lab technicians are at risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders, but improving ergonomics in the laboratory can help. To learn more ways to reduce risk, download this free e-book from Humantech's website, and register to attend the webinar "Improving Ergonomics in the Laboratory" on May 21st at 2 p.m. Eastern.
For over 30 years, global companies have relied on Humantech for workplace improvements. By combining the science of ergonomics and our unique 30-Inch View®—where people, work, and environment intersect—we deliver practical solutions that impact safety, quality, and productivity. At Humantech, we know people make productivity happen. For more information about our portfolio of products and services or the 30-Inch View, visit www.humantech.com.