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Click on each item below for more information on reducing your risk for a potentially disabling illness.
Reduce or eliminate forceful movements and stressful postures. For example, never rest your wrists on the wrist-rest or elbows on the chair armrest while typing or mousing. Compression of the blood vessels, nerves, and tendons while using your hands results in damage to these tissues! Hold the pipette with a straight wrist. Requiring tendons to bend during repetitive motion causes inflammation and tendonitis.
Decrease the number of times you perform a particular motion or hold an object in the same position for long periods.
Use tools and equipment that fit you. For example, tools should not cause discomfort and your chair should allow your feet to rest flat on the floor and provide adequate low back support.
Schedule tasks to last an hour or less whenever possible to minimize your risk of injury.
Avoid reaching and leaning.
If you are not comfortable, do something to change your environment.
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Making a workstation safe is most difficult for workstations shared by two or more workers. No two workers are shaped exactly the same.
Aches and pains are the early signs of potentially serious injuries. Living with the pain and hoping that it will go away results in an injury that is harder to treat and slower to heal. Pay serious attention to any persistent soreness or weakness, numbness, tingling. Make changes in your habits and workstation, and treat your symptoms. Early action can solve the problem and prevent disability. Learn more about CTD and treatment of CTD symptoms by clicking here.BACK TO TOP