Laboratory Ergonomics If you have questions about this training series or any occupational health & safety issue, please contact EH&S by phone, at 294-5359, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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This module will provide the reader with specific examples of equipment and techniques to reduce or eliminate laboratory ergonomic risk factors.
An introduction to ergonomics can be found in the e-book presentation, “Introduction to Ergonomics”
Whether using a microscope, plating cultures, preparing samples or working at a computer, seating plays an essential role in laboratory ergonomics.
Typical ergonomic issues with fume hoods and biosafety cabinets include back and shoulder strain, forearm compression at the cabinet edge and lack of leg space under the unit.
Sitting at a microscope for prolonged periods can lead to a number of symptoms including back, shoulder, neck and arm discomfort as well as eye fatigue.
The Bay Optical ErgoAdapter
Traditional laboratory benches and tables are not well-suited to computer use. Typically they are too high and are often too thick to allow proper height for seated keyboard work.