Ergonomics in the Laboratory

ETC has experience in addressing ergonomics issues in laboratory setting including private or community laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical laboratories, universities, and test laboratories.

A laboratory setting is unique may present risks for repetitive motion injuries during routine laboratory procedures such as:

  • pipetting
  • working at microscopes
  • operating microtomes
  • using cell counters
  • computer workstations

Repetitive motion injuries develop over time and occur when muscles and joints are stressed, tendons are inflamed, and nerves are pinched and the flow of blood is restricted. Standing and working in awkward positions in laboratory hoods/biological safety cabinets can also present ergonomic problems. By becoming familiar with how to control laboratory ergonomic risk factors, you can improve employee comfort, productivity, and job satisfaction while lowering chances for occupational injuries

Recent ETC projects in laboratory ergonomics include:

Johnson and Johnson (J&J)

Ergonomics of clean rooms and consumer product packaging.

Harvard University

Ergonomics assessments on labs and training.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ergonomics Training for all of their Research and Hospital Labs.

 

Industry References

  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly
  • Pfizer
  • J&J
  • Havard University Labs
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
 

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