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Ergonomic Evaluation of Some University Laboratories

  • Lee, Yun Keun ;
  • Lee, Ik Mo ;
  • Park, Jeongim ;
  • Yoon, Chung Sik ;
  • Rhie, Kwang Won ;
  • Park, Hee Sok
  • Received : 2013.05.09
  • Accepted : 2013.07.30
  • Published : 2013.08.31

Abstract

Objective: This article aims to report the results of ergonomic evaluation of some university laboratories. Background: Laboratory researchers are at risk for musculoskeletal injuries during routine laboratory procedures. However, little attention has paid to the working conditions of laboratory researchers, especially in Korea. Method: A checklist and questionnaire was developed and used to analyze the work conditions of 27 laboratories of chemistry, biology and pharmacy. Results: It was found that glove box, clean bench, and computer workstation are better than microscopy, and fume hood tasks, from ergonomic point of view. Conclusion: No domestic guideline is available for ergonomic intervention of laboratories. Further attention and studies are anticipated to improve the working conditions of laboratories.

Keywords

Laboratory;Checklist;Musculoskeletal disorders

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Acknowledgement

Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)