Working with an improperly designed microscope or microscope workstation can increase the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Specific risk factors associated with microscope work include awkward neck and back postures, unacceptable wrist postures, elbow and forearm stress, and visual strain. Follow these tips to minimize such risk.
- Take advantage of retrofit mechanisms that allow user-adjustment of the eyepiece position or, even better, implement eyepieceless viewing (video monitor systems) for freedom of head and body movement.
- Install motorized stage controllers to integrate all X-Y adjustment knobs into one control.
- Place microscopes on anti-vibration platforms to minimize vibration that may result at higher magnifications.
For more tips on setting up a healthy and productive laboratory, view this lab ergonomics checklist from Flexible Scientific.