Aside from the risk of working
daily with hazardous substances, laboratory
personnel are also exposed to many ergonomics
risk factors due to the nature of their work
and the research they conduct.
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 our
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.
associated with repetitive exposure to
laboratory ergonomics risk factors include
low back pain, pain in the thumb, finger,
wrist, forearm, elbow, neck and shoulder.
Other 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:
for free Ergonomic
Assessment. It's your health!