Avoid RSI complaints, pipette ergonomically!
Ensure optimal safety and avoid ergonomic risks.
Lab technicians are in danger – be careful! Laboratory work is an occupation that puts you at risk of developing hand, neck and shoulder injuries.
Are you someone that needs to stretch and mobilize your wrist muscles after manually pipetting into a 384 well plate? Or maybe you spent the last hour sitting at a laminar flow cabinet pipetting stacks of cell culture plates?
The empirical evidence that repetitive pipetting or an awkward posture can cause pain is supported by studies that report a significant increase in the risk of developing musculoskeletal problems when pipetting for more than 300 hours a year.
Assuming you work between 180 and 200 days a year, pipetting for one or two hours a day results in an increased risk of injury. This data is 25 years old, so what’s changed? Evolution hasn’t changed our bodies during this time, but lab technicians’ workloads and sample throughputs have definitely increased.
Automation is certainly more widespread than before but, nevertheless, pipetting for more than two hours is still common. And in today’s lab, when you are not pipetting you are sitting in front of a computer, which increases the ergonomic hazards even more.