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Laboratory Ergonomics

Laboratory Ergonomics

In addition to the risk of working daily with hazardous materials and substances, laboratory personnel are also exposed to many ergonomic risks due to the nature of their work and research they conduct.  Laboratory-associated ergonomic risks are the same as those found in the office and general industry.  These risk factors include awkward or sustained postures, highly repetitive movements, excessive force or strain, contact stresses, and vibration.

In the lab, good ergonomic work practices are often sacrificed.  Don't wait for your wake up call, complete an ergonomic checklist for your lab or work station.

How Do I Keep Myself Safe?

Review your responsibilities as UCR faculty and staff.    Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of ergonomic injuries.  Learn important ergonomics tips for pipetting, microscope work, fume hood and biosafety cabinet work, and handling test tubes.  Make sure you have the right tools for the job by browsing through our Product Catalog for laboratory ergonomic equipment or office ergonomic equipment.

Remember that having proper posture while you work is important in preventing ergonomic injuries and proper body mechanics are a key component to preventing material handling injuries.

Refer to the Fast Facts for Pipetting and Microscope use

Please contact Environmental Health & Safety for further Laboratory Ergonomic Training.  

For More Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Laboratory Ergonomics

Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety

More Information 

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