- Insufficient leg space results in twisting and extended reaching
- Poor posture is a risk factor for musculoskeletal injury and also increases the risks of spill and errors.
- Sufficient leg space to pull into work bench
- Seat raised (bench height just below elbow height)
- Adjust foot ring: feet supported with knees at 90 degrees
- Use backrest and adjust height as needed
- Adjust height of work bench if possible
- Supporting the arm improves stability (i.e. less risk of spilling)
- Use elbow pad (reduce pressure point at elbow)
- Arrange workspace: frequently used items within elbow’s reach
- Use low profile garbage bin for tips
Alternative options- saddle stool
If achieving optimal is not possible then consider using a saddle stool to minimize the negative effects of twisting and leaning forward (note: this is not ideal but is better than sitting and twisting as pictured at the top of the page)
Pipettes provided courtesy of ThermoFisher. Wells provided courtesy of VWR International.