Ergonomics Overview

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Ergonomics is defined as the study of the relationship between people, their activities, their equipment and their environment.  The purpose is to design workspaces and tools to help people do their jobs comfortably and safely.  The goal is to enhance human performance while improving health, comfort, safety and job satisfaction.  Click here to review the Ergonomics Program/Policy.

Click here to Request an Ergonomic Evaluation

Laboratory Ergonomics

The practice of ergonomic principles in the laboratory can help prevent injuries.  Visit this NIH.gov page to learn more about the following topics.

  • Pipetting
  • Microscopy
  • Biosafety Cabinets
  • Microtome/Cryostat
  • Flow Cytometer
  • Glove Boxes
  • Centrifuge Rotors
  • Micro Manipulation

Office Ergonomics

The practice of ergonomic principles in the laboratory can help prevent injuries. Visit this NIH.gov page to learn more about the following topics.

  • Monitor Placement
  • Adjusting your chair
  • Desktop
  • Keyboard and Mouse Placement
  • Lighting

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Tips for Lifting Safety

Pre-plan, know where you are going before you lift.  Choose a clear path.

  • Increase balance by keeping your feet shoulder width apart.  One foot should be slightly forward.
  • Take a deep breath, and tighten your stomach muscles before you lift.
  • Bend at your knees and hips, not your waist. Lift using your leg muscles to reduce the load on your back.
  • Lift smoothly; do not jerk as you lift. Sudden movement and weight shifts can injure your back. 
  • Face the load you are lifting.
  • Hold the load close to your body at waist height.
  • Turn with your feet, not your back, to avoid twisting when lifting.

 

Last Updated: 10-30-2014
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