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Laboratory Ergonomics Training 2022

Ended Jun 30, 2022

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Full course description

Course Introduction

This course introduces IU employees to general laboratory ergonomics. Learners will have an opportunity to learn specific ergonomic risk factors and preventive methods for the following laboratory activities: pipetting; microscopy; microtome/cryostat work; micro-manipulation & fine motor skills; and biosafety cabinets and chemical fume hoods.

This training is intended for Indiana University community members only.  If you need to complete this training as a guest user, you may request access to the course at

Learning Outcomes

After completing the module, you will be able to:

  • Understand why ergonomics is important
  • Know how to properly set up a workstation
  • Know who to contact for an ergonomic evaluation
  • Understand ways to reduce ergonomic risk factors associated with the following common laboratory activities:
    • Pipetting
    • Microscopy
    • Microtome/cryostat work
    • Micro-manipulation & fine motor skills
    • Biosafety cabinets and chemical fume hoods
  • Complete a few exercises to reduce tension in hands, arms, shoulders and neck

Module Topics Include

  • Introduction to General Laboratory Ergonomics
  • Pipetting
  • Microscopy
  • Microtome/cryostat work
  • Biosafety cabinets and chemical fume hoods
  • Exercises

Course Creator 

IU Environmental Health and Safety

Length: 30 minutes

IU Environmental Health and Safety

Credit: Certificate

Audience: IU employees who work in a laboratory setting