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Gilson guide to pipetting
GILSON GUIDE TO PIPETTING Ordering reference: LT800353 learn the basics about pipetting techniques, preventing contamination, calibration and more!
2 MINUTE INSPECTION POSTER (PIPETMAN Classic & Neo) Ordering reference: LT800434E Preventive maintenance information for your PIPETMAN® pipette on a poster. 2 MINUTE INSPECTION POSTER (PIPETMAN G & L) Ordering reference: LT800520 Preventive maintenance information for your PIPETMAN® G or PIPETMAN l pipette on a poster.
Keep your torso and neck aligned Maintain an eye-task distance equivalent to the length of your forearm (rather than have your arms outstretched)
Choose a pipette adapted to the type of liquids and type of vessels
2011 © Gilson S.A.S. - LT800476E - Printed in France, May 2011 - The information on this poster is not intended to replace medical advice from your physician and should not be used as such. See a competent physician immediately if you experience any warning signs of RSI. RCS 397 566 860 000 29 - POINTVIRGULE 03 44 23 48 48
Use a pipette with a handle adapted to your hand’s anatomy
Do not twist or rotate your wrist while pipetting
Use the manufacturer’s pipetting system to ensure accuracy and precision, and prevent excessive pipetting forces
Hold your pipette with relaxed grip
Keep your back straight and lift with your legs
Ergonomics, General Recommendations to Improve Your Comfort in Your Lab
RSI RISK FACTORS The appearance of Repetitive Strain Injuries has multiple origins. RSIs depend on three main groups of factors acting simultaneously, whose proportion and individual impacts are impossible to forsee.
Choose an electronic motorized pipette to perform repetitive tasks
ERGONOMICS POSTER Ordering reference: LT800476E Gilson’s recommendations to improve your comfort in your lab: gesture, posture, materials and work organisation.
Use low profile tubes, solution containers and waste receptacles
Sit rather than stand and avoid standing for lengthy periods
Make sure your room is lit sufficiently
Sit or stand close to your work at bench cut outs and keep sufficient leg room (so knees fit under the bench)
Adjust your chair to work height rather raising your harm or bending your neck when working
Individual Factors • Age • Sex • Physiological state • Psychological state • Use of tobacco, alcohols, drugs • Training • Personal history
Psychosocial Factors • Human relations • Time pressure • Lack of autonomy Biomechanical Factors • Gesture • Materials • Work organization • Posture
Work in stress free conditions (low noise, smoke free)
Organize your bench so that you can comfortably reach frequently-used objects
Sit supported against the backrest of your chair
Take a few minutes break after every 20 minutes of repetitive task and adapt your protocols accordingly
Lean on your elbows as often as possible
Vary working tasks
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References Colombini D., Grieco A., Occhipenti E. Occupational musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limbs due to mechanical overload, Ergonomics, 1998, 41(9). David G, Buckle P. A questionnaire survey of the ergonomic problems associated with pipettes and their usage with speci c reference to work-related upper limb disorders. Appl Ergon. 1997, 28(4):257-62. European and ISO standards.
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