SESHA 2012 Symposium Abstract

Six Ways to Manage Laboratory Ergonomics More Efficiently

Lewis, Paula

Navigating the prevention of Repetitive Motion Injuries in the lab requires more than providing industry standard personal protective equipment. It requires evaluating each employee and their lab set-up, analyzing how that employee uses their equipment, determining where injuries may occur, and adjusting either the task, equipment or work practice. Managing these tasks and following up with at-risk employees can become truly overwhelming if the right resources and processes are not consistently, economically and effectively established. This presentation will outline six best practices for improving the efficiency and manageability of a laboratory ergonomics program. Through this discussion, “real-world” examples will be explained and demonstrated. At the end of this presentation, attendees will: - Understand the highest ergonomic risks found in the laboratory environment - Have a list of key tools that can help manage laboratory ergonomic programs - See "real world" examples of solutions to challenging lab ergonomic problems