Ergonomics In the Lab

There are many job tasks performed in the research laboratories posing ergonomic risks, such as musculoskeletal disorders. Usually repetitive motions, excessive reaching, heavy lifting, static and awkward postures are the major ergonomic issues in laboratory settings. Use of some research equipment may contribute to such risks as well, including, but not limited to: pipettes, microscopes, microtomes, centrifuges, flow cytometers, cryostats, fume hoods, biosafety cabinets and computer workstations. The following tips may help to mitigate laboratory ergonomic risk factors and may also help to improve comfort, productivity, and job satisfaction.