|To Control Awkward Postures: |
- Work with wrists in straight, neutral positions.
- Incline sample holder or solution flask to improve access.
- Reduce reaching by:
- Using short pipettes.
- Using low profile waste receptacles for used tips.
- Using low profile solution containers.
- Keep items as close as possible.
- Work with elbows as close to sides as possible.
- Assure proper lower back and thigh support from chair. Support the feet.
- Assure items are positioned to minimize twisting of the neck and torso.
|To Control High Repetition: |
- Automate pipetting tasks.
- Use multi-pipetters whenever practical.
- Share workload between right and left sides.
- Vary pipetter types having different activation motions (e.g. thumb controlled vs. finger controlled).
- Take adequate breaks away from pipetting activity-even short several second "micro-breaks" help.
- Rotate pipetting among several employees.
- Evaluate work processes to spread pipetting throughout the day.
- Add personnel for peak periods.
|To Control Excessive Force: |
- Choose pipetters that require less finger or thumb motion to activate.
- Use pipette tips that seal easily; avoid banging when applying tips.
- Use tips designed for the pipette.
- Use multi-channel pipettors when possible.
- Choose pipetters that require less force to activate.
- Use only the force necessary to activate.
|To Control Contact Stresses: |
- Choose pipetters that best fit your hand.
- Do not rest forearms on a sharp edge. Pad the edge or forearm, or create a forearm rest.