RE: [Histonet] Grossing postures and proceedures - Ergonomics
Possibly an angled mirror over the specimen? Bottom edge of the mirror in contact with the benchtop, behind the specimen; mirror leaning toward the tech at a suitable angle? This would give the tech a perpendicular view of the specimen with a normal angle of view for the tech.
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> Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 1:46 PM
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> Subject: [Histonet] Grossing postures and proceedures - Ergonomics
> I have a situation that I am looking for a solution for and I figured
> some one in this community could help me.
> The Problem:
> When techs at UNC perform grossing, they often lean (while standing or
> seated) with their head into the fume hood/bio safety cabinet to get a
> top down view of the biopsies and excisions (performing inking,
> describing markers, and slicing samples). This posture poses a
> significant risk of injury on the back and neck thus the need for a
> workstation adjustment. The risk of inhalation is low, but present, so
> that is a minor concern as well.
> Initial Thoughts:
> 1. Rotate the sample to face the histologist, like reading a book.
> 2. Affix the sample to a cutting board (or the surface currently in
> use) by means of a reverse action tweezers mounted to the board.
> 3. At this angle the histotech can see the sample with minimal neck
> bending (while keeping the head out of the hood) as well as reduce the
> need to hold the sample while performing inking, etc.
> 1. Has anyone tried this?
> 2. Does anyone else have a solution that would work in this situation?
> 3. What is your opinion on this solution?
> Any ideas or comments are greatly welcome.
> Thank you!
> Ian Bertmaring, MS, AEP - Ergonomist
> Department of Environment, Health & Safety
> 1120 Estes Drive Extension, CB #1650
> Chapel Hill, NC 27599 - 1650
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