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Pipetting

Pipetting can be a highly repetitive task, coupled with forceful exertion of the fingers/ thumb, and awkward positioning of fingers, arm and shoulder.  Here are some tips to make pipetting more comfortable:
  • Select pipettes with low force triggers
  • Choose a pipette that is optimal for hand size
  • Plan and schedule mini-breaks, preferably every 30 minutes
  • Choose the pipette that will minimize repetition i.e . using multichannel or repeat dispense pipettes when applicable
  • Alternate hands or use both hands
  • Organize supplies so excessive reaching, twisting and bending are eliminated
  • Avoid resting elbows on a hard edge of bench or table
  • Choose pipettes that allows triggers to be activated by more than one finger
Useful links:
LBNL Pipette Ergonomics
National Institute of Health
Rainin Ergonomic Papers
UC Berkeley


Vendors:
Rainin
Ovation
Viaflo
Viaflo Pipette Tips
Eppendorf
Thermoscientific


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