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For detailed information about avoiding repetitive strain injuries in the laboratory, along with further product suggestions, please read our series of articles on Laboratory Ergonomics.Antifatigue Matting & Insoles
Antifatigue Matting and Insoles.
Mats in front of standing workstations are critical forback injury and leg fatigue prevention. Price varies according to length, width and volume.Ultra Sponge Mats
Consolidated Plastics Company
- 100% closed cell PVC sponge offers proper leg and back support preventing theachiness associated with tired and strained muscles.
- A full 5/8" of extra thick anti-fatigue sponge gives additional comfort and supportenhancing worker productivity
- Industrial grade ribbed surface pattern provides durable texture and excellenttraction
- Fully beveled mat reduces trip hazards and improves safety
- Resistant to many common fluids and chemicals
- Perfect for industrial work stations, service counters, work stations, assembly lines,and cashier stands
|MegaComfort Memory Foam Insoles|
People who must spend a lot of their day standing, especially on hard surfaces, often experience leg, ankle, and foot pain. One option is floor mats (see above). Another option is to use high quality shoe insoles, which are essentially floor mats that can travel with you! We recommend MegaComfort memory-foam insoles which have received extremely favorable reviews in a survey we conducted. Order by shoe size.
To minimize hand strain use lightweight magnetic assist pipettes. Several models for different applications.
|Rainin Instrument Company|
|Ovation BioNatural pipettes: VistaLab Technologies, Inc.|
Supporting your feet while standing for long periods or sitting high on a stool helps prevent back pain. Your knees should be even with or slightly lower than, your hips while you are sitting. Alternate feet being supported by the footrest while standing.
|Height and Angle FootRester. (215-WIDE)|
Keyboards & Covers
|VioMax Flexible Keyboard|
Silicon rubber based flexible keyboard impervious to most liquids and oils, and acid and alkali proof. Washable. Full keyboard with keypad.
$18, PC Parts Collection
|Keyboard and mouse covers|
A variety of washable and disposable covers are available for keyboards, mice, and laptops that need to be protected in laboratory situations.
From $3.75 and up, www.viziflex.com
|EZgrip $3.00/3 pk.|
EZgrips can be used with any pencil, pen, or pencil-like tool in industry, microelectronics, and medical/dental environments as well as office use. Like the ResQ pen and the EZgrip pen shown above, the patented rubber grip requires no gripping action when a finger is placed on the ridge on top. The rubber composite can be cleaned and chemically sterilized. For larger tools, the grip can be cut along the back, forming the grip around the tool or marker. Friction will usually hold the grip in place due to the light pressure required when using the grip.
Available from www.dextek.com
Amazon.com, MegaComfort Insoles, Amazon.com
Consolidated Plastics Company, www.consolidatedplastics.com
Cube Solutions, (408) 378-6270
PC Parts Collection www.pcpartscollection.com
Rainin Instrument Company, www.shoprainin.com
Source 1 Ergonomics
Noreen Fahey, (650) 369-8288
VistaLab Technologies, Inc.
Ovation BioNatural Pipettes
Viziflex Seels, Inc.
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