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Musculoskeletal disorder, which may affect muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, and nerves, can be counted among the main reasons for sick leave in industrialized countries. Computer workstations are often at the top of one’s mind, but also microscope workstations carry the risk of straining the backs and necks of their users. Ergonomic design of workstations helps ease physical stress and contributes to well-being at the workspace – a valuable asset, considering how much time of day people spend there! And people who feel well at their microscopes are more content, more productive, and stay home ill less often – this applies to microscope applications in industry such as quality control as well as surgical applications during neurosurgical and ophthalmological procedures.

  • How to Turn Microscope Workplaces Ergonomic

    Microscopes are tools that affect those who work with them every day. They can be highly demanding for the human body, requiring concentration and a lot of steady activity from many of our muscles. In this interview, Clinton Smith, Senior Product Manager at Leica Microsystems, talks about how to relieve possible tension and strain and how to create ergonomic workplaces to help microscope users work in comfort and how to increase productivity.
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  • Six Features to Consider when Choosing a Dental Microscope

    In dental medicine, the surgical microscope has become increasingly important for high-quality and successful surgeries, particularly in the field of endodontics. A microscope supports the dentist to conduct micro-invasive surgeries which aim to preserve the tooth substance, conserve the tissue, minimize the risks and reduce healing time. To choose the microscope that best fits the dentist’s needs, it is helpful to know some of the decisive features of a modern dental microscope.
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  • What do you Call a Drosophila who Likes to Drink? A Bar Fly!

    The thought of a Drosophoila headed to the local bar for a drink creates a funny joke, but after long hours of sorting flies under a microscope that causes eyestrain or neck pain, you may be the one that wants to head to the local bar for a drink! Unfortunately most users do not know why they experience discomfort when using a stereo microscope.
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  • 7 Tips For Better Ergonomics in Neurosurgery

    Pain and muscle tension are common phenomena in a neurosurgeon’s workday: 78% of neurosurgeons surveyed reported pain after a day of surgery, 83% of these had musculoskeletal pain. By its nature, neurosurgery requires compromising positions. However, with a few simple steps and the right ergonomic accessories for the surgical microscope, the working environment in the OR can be made as comfortable as possible.
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  • Higher Motivation, Longer Concentration – Ergonomics as a Competitive Advantage

    Sensor and identification technology, industrial cameras: when top precision is required, the name Baumer Electric is soon mentioned. The Swiss company designs and produces components for manufacturing facilities all over the world. To be able to guarantee that the finished components are of the highest possible quality, elaborate quality inspections are carried out part for part under the stereo microscope.
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  • Investing in Ergonomically Designed Microscope Workplaces Pays Off

    To do their best at work, people have to have a feeling of physical wellbeing: they are more attentive and motivated and more productive for longer periods of time. As ergonomically designed workplaces are conducive to physical wellbeing, ergonomics makes a direct contribution to the operating result, reducing sick days and enhancing productivity.
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  • Ergonomically Designed Surgical Microscopes Support Performance

    Operations not only demand maximum concentration of the surgeon but also maximum physical fitness. Physiotherapist John Ludescher explains how the body can be given optimal support to perform at its best. The Austrian qualified as physiotherapist in Switzerland and has had his own practice for nine years. He is the author of the book “Aufrecht – Bewusst – Stark” (Upright – Aware – Strong) and designer of the “PhysioCap”.
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  • Body in Balance

    Nobody is the same. Whether large or small, well- or slightly built, left- or right-handed, everyone has different demands of the tool they work with for many hours a day. This is particularly true of laboratory workstations, where routine tasks such as pipetting or microscope or microtome work require a static posture.
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  • Factors to Consider When Selecting a Stereo Microscope

    Stereo microscopes are often nicknamed the workhorse of the lab or the production department. Users spend many hours behind the ocular inspecting, observing, documenting or dissecting samples. Which factors need to be considered when selecting...
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  • Precision That Saves Eyesight

    Retina surgery demands experienced surgeons and precision technology. In vitreoretinal surgery, the surgeon operates with microscissors and forceps that are less than a millimeter thick. The Swiss company Alcon Grieshaber is one of the world’s leading specialists in handheld instruments for minimally invasive eye surgery.
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  • Ergonomics in Ophthalmic Surgery

    Every operation demands a maximum of concentration from the surgeon and his team. A comfortable, pain-free working posture helped by the ergonomic design of the surgical microscope aids concentration – and contributes significantly to the success of the operation. Andrew Morris, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, England since 2002, reports on his experience with ergonomics in everyday working life.
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  • Implementing Ergonomic Design for Microscope Workstations

    This study evaluated the effect of an occupational therapy ergonomics intervention on the workstation design and body positioning of microscope workers at a fiber optics facility.
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Useful Links


Applied ErgonomicsElsevier

ErgonomicsOfficial Journal of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors

Human FactorsJournal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Human Factors and Ergonomics in ManufacturingWiley

Industrial Safety & Hygiene NewsBNP Media

InteractionsAssociation for Computing Machinery (AMC)

International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human FactorsLehmanns Media

International Journal of Industrial ErgonomicsElsevier

Journal of ErgonomicsOMICS International

Occupational ErgonomicsIOS Press

Safety and HealthNational Safety Council Congress & Expo

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health ScienceNordic Association of Occupational Safety and Health (NOROSH)

The International Journal of Occupational Safety and ErgonomicsCentral Institute for Labour Protection Warszawa

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