Laboratory Ergonomics (by LabCE)

1 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 4,370 customer ratings)

Author: Tanya Barrett, MT(ASCP)
Reviewer: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)

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Do you experience pain or stiffness in your back, arms, or legs at the end of your work day or after performing the same task at work for prolonged periods of time? Perhaps your workstation, equipment, and/or work practices are the cause. Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important to recognize the work hazards that can lead to musculoskeletal injury, determine what improvements or changes should be made, and take action to improve your workspace.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-008-18, approved through 4/30/2020
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1 hour(s)
Course number 20-547757, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Define ergonomics.
  • Discuss the role of ergonomics in a laboratory safety program.
  • Identify ergonomic risk areas in the laboratory.
  • Provide solutions to common ergonomic hazards.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
      • Ergonomics
      • Ergonomic Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
      • Causes of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
      • Repetitive Motion Injuries
      • Eyestrain
  • Ergonomic Strategies
      • Learn to Use Your "Ergonomic Eye"
      • Body Position
      • Ergonomic Guidelines for Computer Users
      • Guidelines for Lifting, Lowering, and Carrying
    • Your Ergonomic Assessment
      • Work Station
      • Lighting
      • Posture and Exercises
  • Scenarios
      • Scenario #1
      • Scenario #2
  • The Ergonomics Program
      • Creating an Ergonomically Safe Work Environment
      • The Four E's
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic
 
Intended Audience: Clinical laboratory personnel and other health care personnel who have an interest in this subject matter. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
 
Author information: Tanya Barrett, MT(ASCP) is the Laboratory Information System and Point-of-Care Coordinator for St. Francis Medical Center and St. Francis North Hospital in Monroe, Louisiana and a faculty member for the Medical Center's School of Medical Technology. She also serves as the laboratory's Safety Officer and has over 40 hours of training in Occupational Safety.  
 
Reviewer information: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP) has over 40 years of experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She was an Inspection and Technical Specialist for nine years with the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program and, until her retirement in 2015, was Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
 
Course description: This course explores general ergonomic issues that may be a concern for any worker and specific ergonomic issues that are specifically related to the laboratory work environment. The course also discusses actions that can be taken to prevent musculoskeletal disorders that are job related.

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