Aside from the risk of working daily with
laboratory personnel are also exposed to many ergonomics risk factors
due to the nature of their work and the research they conduct.
Laboratory-associated ergonomic risk
factors are not any different from those found in the office and
general industry and consists of
awkward and static postures, high repetition,
excessive force, contact stresses, vibration and pinch grip, etc.
The purpose of this page
is to disseminate information to laboratory employees,
about how they can control laboratory ergonomics risk factors, improve
their level of comfort while performing their jobs,
and reduce the risk of acquiring occupational injuries.
If you also use a computer
extensively along with your research procedures, make sure you visit
As in the case of chemical
exposures, it is equally important to recognize the signs and symptoms
associated with the laboratory procedure one is using.
Early detection of MSD symptoms helps prevent the onset of MSD.
Symptoms associated with
repetitive exposure to laboratory ergonomics risk factors include low
back pain, pain in the thumb, finger, wrist, forearm, elbow, neck and
early warning signs include burning, cramping, numbness, swelling,
tingling, weakness, or fatigue.
If you feel pain, or
notice such signs or symptoms, do not ignore them or let them go
unnoticed, no matter how minor they are. You may be at risk of
developing a work-related MSD. Take immediate action.
Assess your work habits. Look for the causes of your
symptoms, and take necessary preventive measures. Contact our Office
at: firstname.lastname@example.org for free Ergonomic
Assessment. It's your health!