Microtome work involves additional stress on
the wrist, elbowand arm of the lab technician
- Awkward and static posture of the lower
- Twisting and of the wrist
and palm contact pressure in the carpal
- High repetition.
- Awkward and static posture of the neck
Place microtome on appropriate workbench
(appropriate height). Take into consideration
the way work will be performed (standing or
If sitting is required, make sure the
workbench allows enough clearance for leg and
Use only adjustable chair or stool with
built-in foot and arm rest.
Make sure sharp edges are not an issue.
Protect wrists and forearms from contact
pressure. Pad sharp edges.
Use less force when turning handwheel.
Take frequent small breaks from microtome work
every 20 minute.
If economically feasible, replace manual
rotary microtome with an automatic one.