Laboratory Ergonomics

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University of California Laboratory Checklist

From the UC-Riverside Campus Health & Safety webpage: Explains why checklists are important to have in place to reduce ergonomic risk factors in a laboratory, how to use the checklist & a PDF copy of a checklist to help identify ergonomic risk factors to look for and options for changing and/or modifying the persons action or environment.

OSHA Laboratory Safety Ergonomics Fact Sheet

OHSA website page: Provides information about using ergonomics to prevent MSD in a laboratory setting. It highlights topics/areas that employers should be aware of and train employees to self-identify ergonomic risk factors and a variety of ways to mitigate these issues by changing employee work practices and equipment/furniture/tools.

Purdue University Health and Safety Guide to Laboratory Ergonomics

Taken from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Covers details of ergonomic disorders commonly found among laboratory personnel, protective measures to help eliminate or reduce ergonomic stressors during routine laboratory procedures, laboratory stretching exercises, anatomy & ergonomic fundamentals of human motion, alternative manipulation of forceps and a laboratory self-assessment checklist.

University of California Laboratory Ergonomics

Office of Research: Environment, Health and Safety: Provides comprehensive training to identify ergonomics risk factors in the laboratory, basic ergonomic principles and their application to the laboratory setting and additional resources.

Mayo Clinic's Laboratory Tip No. 1 - Open Centrifuges

Laboratory workers are at risk for repetitive motion injuries during routine laboratory procedures. This video shows that a simple wrench can reduce wrist and hand strain in one of the Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine repetitive processes.

Mayo Clinic's Laboratory TipNo. 2 – Lifting Heavy Objects

This video addresses a common ergonomic issue that is lifting heavy or awkward objects as part of the daily workflow in many laboratories. To solve this problem, the Mayo Clinic Biochemical Genetics Laboratory has implemented an “uplifting” new solution when working with their liquid nitrogen freezer.

Mayo Clinic's Laboratory Tip No. 3 – Opening/Closing Screw Tops

In this video, Mayo Clinic's Virology Laboratory shares a hint on using a cordless drill and a custom drill-bit to quickly remove caps or lids when working with a large number of test tubes or vials. This ergonomics solution can help minimize repetitive motion injuries and improve workers' comfort and productivity.

Mayo Clinic's Laboratory Tip No. 4 – Capping Test Tubes

In this video the Cardiovascular Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic presents a simple capper tool being used to easily cap hundreds of vials, required for its testing processes. The implementation of the capper tool has eliminated wrist strain issues associated with the repetitive activities.

Mayo Clinic's Laboratory Tip No. 5 – Reducing Risk of Multi-Channel Pipettes

The Personalized Genomics Laboratory demonstrates a 96-channel pipetter that can pipette an entire plate. The pipetter replaced a labor-intensive and wrist-straining process. The multichannel pipette has improved associated laboratory processes and eliminated wrist strain-related issues.