Oakland, California - 13th June 2013 - Pipetting is a forceful and repetitive activity, and there is a strong association between pipetting and the occurrence of repetitive motion injuries. In fact, pipetting for just over an hour a day over the course of a year is enough to put researchers at risk, and the chances increase exponentially with workload and age.
A new white paper about “The Ergonomics of Pipetting” has now been published by METTLER TOLEDO. It draws on recently published papers by ergonomic scientists and discusses various aspects of pipetting; the ergonomic risks involved and best practice for either avoiding or mitigating them. By ensuring researchers are using the safest pipetting methods, labs are not only protecting staff but also avoiding costly delays and downtime that may be a result of injury or less efficient working practices.
The white paper investigates the sources of repetitive motion injuries. Tip loading and ejection, as well as plunger forces and the force required to change the aspiration volume, are found to contribute to repetitive strain injuries (RSI). The white paper gives advice on how to reduce the risk of RSI, and what to look for when buying a pipette by ergonomic standards.
METTLER TOLEDO was the first manufacturer to focus on user safety and repetitive stress injury, incorporating an ergonomic design into all of its pipettes. The white paper can be downloaded at: http://glo.mt.com/global/en/home/supportive_content/White_Papers/Pipe_Ergo_WhitePaper.html
About METTLER TOLEDO
Rainin Instrument, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of METTLER TOLEDO, a leading supplier of precision instruments and services worldwide. Rainin pipettes have long been the largest selling brand in North America and consistently rank among the top premium pipette brands in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. METTLER TOLEDO is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. It holds top three market positions in several related analytical instruments and is a leading provider of automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. The company is also the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of metal detection and other end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging. Additional information about Rainin and METTLER TOLEDO can be found at www.mt.com/rainin
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