Nobody is the same. Whether large or small, well- or slightly built, left- or right-handed, everyone has different demands on the tool they work with for many hours a day. This is particularly true of laboratory workstations, where routine tasks such as pipetting or microscope or microtome work require a static posture. Occupational medicine studies show that workplaces with optical instruments are particularly taxing on the spine, hand and eyes. Microscopy workstations place far higher strain on the user than the computer screens that receive so much public attention. The combination of sitting at the microscope in a fixed position and repetitive hand movements carries the risk of strain to neck muscles and the upper extremities.
Ergonomically designed workplaces and routines are therefore a prerequisite for wellbeing, motivation and efﬁciency. The initial investment in ergonomics soon pays off and has long-lasting beneﬁts for all those involved, leading to better results, higher work quality and, ultimately, fewer working hours lost.
Physiotherapist John Ludescher explains how the body can be given optimal support to perform at its best.