Microtomy ergonomics

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From:Jim Elsam <jim@hteqa.demon.co.uk> (by way of histonet)
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In the absence of any guidelines on microtomy ergonomics I would have
thought it useful to perform a risk assessment based loosely on the
principles applied to VDU operators.

The main questions would seem to be:
Is the operator adopting a comfortable and relatively natural position?
Is the operator able to interrupt the repetitive element of the work
practice with other duties and/or breaks?

For the latter, tasks such as slide labelling, slide sorting and
racking, machine loading, block sorting and cooling are all potential

Best wishes
Jim Elsam
HTEQA Services

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