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LABORATORY GUIDELINES

Microscope Use

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR:

pipetting
handling test tubes
microscope use
dishwashing
other lab activities

To Control Awkward Postures:

  • Assure proper lower back and thigh support from chair and that feet are supported.
  • Assure adequate thigh clearance under lab bench. Often low hanging false fronts need to be removed.
  • Raise, incline, and move microscope as close as needed to assure upright head position.
  • Work with elbows close to sides.
  • Work with wrists in straight, neutral positions.
  • Choose microscope eye pieces which allow improved head and neck posture.
  • Move microscope to line up eyepieces with table edge.
  • Keep upper arm vertical, forearms horizontal, wrists neutral.
  • Install ocular eyepiece extensions where feasible.
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To Control High Repetition:

  • Take adequate breaks - even short several second "micro-breaks" help.
  • Rotate microscope work between several employees.
  • Evaluate work processes to spread microscope work throughout the day.
  • Add personnel for peak periods.
To Control Contact Stresses:

  • Do not rest forearms on sharp work surface edges. Pad the edge or forearm, or create a forearm rest pad.
To Control Eye Fatigue:

  • Keep scopes clean.
  • Assure illuminators are in alignment and light is even, and of proper intensity.
  • Assure optical components are in proper repair.
  • Take frequent short breaks to rest your eyes; focus far away or shut eyes to change eye focal length.


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