Microscope Ergonomics

Microscope work involves sustained static postures of the head, neck and body. Adjust your workstation to minimize awkward postures and improve comfort.

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Poor Ergonomics: Bending & Leaning

MSI Risks

  • Forward bending-strains back musculature
  • Leaning on arms-strains upper shoulders/neck
  • Forearm contact pressure on table top

 

 

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Improved Ergonomics

Improved Ergonomics

  • Work in an area with proper leg clearance
  • Position microscope near the edge of the table
  • Use a height adjustable chair; preferred if table is also height adjustable
  • Eye piece should be at eye level
  • Backrest should support low back
  • Feet should be supported on ground, footring or footrest
  • Use a forearm pad to reduce contact pressure on the forearms (demo available through UBC’s Ergonomics Program)
  • If standing, raise microscope so that the eye piece is at eye level and use an anti-fatigue mat
  • Take frequent micro-breaks to adjust posture
  • Posture in photo could be futher improved with an extendable and adjustable eye piece

 

 

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Poor Ergonomics. Reaching

 

MSI Risks

Shoulder fatigue will develop if staff are required to point and reach to the tablet screen. Ideally, a separate trackpad should be provided or at minimum provide an armrest for support

 

 

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Improved Ergonomics. Neutral neck with arms by side

Improved Ergonomics

If purchasing a new microscope look for options that allow a tablet attachment with a separate track pad. A separate trackpad is recommended if staff will be pointing, selecting or highlighting items on the tablet.

 

Microscope and tablet provided courtesy of VWR International.