Pipetting and sitting

MSI risks

Pipette sitting poor ergo
  • 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.

Improved ergonomics

Pipette sitting footring
  • 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

Improved ergonomics

Pipette good elbow pad
  • 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

Pipette sitting 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.

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