Maintain Your Well-Being and Comfort in the Lab

What do you think of when ergonomics is mentioned? Probably your PC and desk set-up. In fact, ergonomic practices apply to many aspects of laboratory life, particularly pipetting at the lab bench. This free poster describes a series of stretching exercises to help shake off the stiffness and stress that can accumulate after prolonged bench work.

It’s all too easy to become so focused on your research that you forget about ergonomics, and continue working at the bench until your body starts to protest. This poster acts as a clear visual reminder of the importance of taking regular short breaks from the bench, moving around and changing position, and performing simple hand, arm and shoulder stretches to relieve stiffness. At the same time, it’s a good idea to invest in ergonomically-designed pipettes and laboratory products to relieve the strain commonly experienced by busy laboratory scientists, as well as to reduce the risk of a repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Tip: Gently pull your elbow across your chest toward your opposite shoulder. Hold for 10 seconds, and relax. Do this for both shoulders a couple times.