RE: [Histonet] Histology bench ergonomics

From:Margaret Blount

For what it is worth, I have worked at both heights and prefer desk (30")
height - it's more comfortable. After all comfort is part of ergonomics. 


Margaret Blount
Chief Technician
Clinical Biochemistry
University of Cambridge
Addenbrooke's Hospital
Hills Road
CB2 2QR 
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Subject: [Histonet] Histology bench ergonomics

Does anyone have any data or information on bench height for microtomy?  I 
know a lot of people cut at routine lab bench height (36" I think) with no 
trouble, and some cut at desk high benches (30").  Is there any 
safety/ergonomic guidelines or opinions as to which is better for 
microtomy?  I actually prefer desk height, so I can keep my feet on the 
floor - I'm just wondering if there is anything official out there - I've 
looked at a couple of sites, but can't find a lot to support my idea that 
desk height is better.

Thanks - 
Jackie O'
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