Gloves and Ergonomics for the Laboratory Professional

Gloves and Ergonomics for the Laboratory Professional

Over the past two decades, there has been heightened concern across a variety of industries as to the effects of employees developing workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders. As a result, in recent years an increasing number of professionals have developed both short-term as well aspermanent disabilities due to their on-the-job activities.

Laboratory researchers are at risk for repetitive motion injuries during routine laboratory procedures such as working with pipettes, microscopes, microtomes, using cell counters and video display terminals. Repetitive motion injuries develop over time and occur when muscles and joints are stressed, tendons are inflamed, nerves are pinched and the flow of blood is restricted.

The science of ergonomics creates or adapts a device, product, or activity to the user, not the other way around. Using devices or performing tasks without considering the ergonomic implications of the activity can create a situation where the user is subject to repeated micro-traumas over time. This leaves the worker at increased risk for developing a wide variety of workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome.

One of the most overlooked items with ergonomic implications are gloves. Gloves are an integral part of a Lab professional’s day-to-day activities. Although glove ergonomics may not appear that critical over the length of an average career, poorly fitting gloves can increase the risk of developing a workplace-related injury.

Microflex prides itself on being a company dedicated to providing specific gloves for specific applications. As such, the selection of the right Microflex® glove product will aid the ergonomic safety of your employees. There is a long list of considerations to make when selecting the right glove, which includes fit, feel, comfort, and material. Microflex provides you with a unique combination of industry-leading quality combined with gloves tailored for your specific application.

Properly utilized gloves should fit the hand comfortably. Gloves that are too small continually constrict the palm and stress delicate nerves, blood vessels, tendons, and ligaments in your hands. In contrast, gloves that are too large force users to strain their hands to keep the glove material in place without bunching up.

Even today, with all of the ergonomic information that is available, some professionals still do not equate wearing poorly fitted gloves with the development of workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders. Since there is no standardization of glove sizes, sizes vary drastically from one manufacturer to another*.

By becoming familiar with how to control laboratory ergonomic risk factors, including your choice of hand protection, you can greatly improve your comfort, productivity, and job satisfaction while lowering chances for occupational injuries. Try Microflex gloves today and see the difference specific gloves designed for specific applications can provide.

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