Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a major national problem costing the economy – by conservative estimates – over $50 billion every year, according to OSHA and confirmed by a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences1 . For those who work in laboratories, the number one cause for work-related MSDs is the use of pipettes. By increasing your awareness of the causative factors for injuries and muscle stress, and adopting ergonomically-correct practices, the risk of injury can be greatly diminished.
As a service of our professional community, we are pleased to bring you a great starting place for locating information about laboratory ergonomics. Additionally, a wealth of information is available from U.S. governmental agencies, universities and industry sources.
Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Workplace: Low Back and Upper Extremities, National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
OSHA Fact Sheet – Laboratory Safety Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Laboratory Safety News: Ergonomic Science May Hold the Key to Prevention
An Investigation of Hand Forces and Postures for Using Selected Mechanical Pipettes