Human Resources

Laboratory Ergonomics

Lab Equipment and People

Laboratory activities typically involve either highly repetitive movements (ex. pipetting) or prolonged static postures (ex. Using a microscope, cell  counting), sometimes both. These types of activities pose ergonomic risk because there is little variety in the muscles being used and long task durations. There is also often limited storage space in laboratories, as table tops and workstations need to remain uncluttered, many frequently used items are stored on overhead shelves or cabinets. This typical laboratory environment results in awkward lift postures and frequent reaches. Pinch grips are also often used with tweezers, eye eyedroppers or small pipettes.

General recommendations to improve Laboratory Ergonomics

Maintaining Proper Posture in the Lab:


Using a Microscope:

Microscope Microscope Microscope

Workstation Design:

Workstation Hieght

Working in BioSafety Cabinets, Fumehoods and Gloveboxes:

Biosafety Cabinet

Biosafety Cabinet



Glove Box


Microtomes and Cryostats:

Cell Counting

Cell Counter





Cell Counters:

Micromanipulation and Fine Motor Skills:

Clamp Tools Forceps