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New Guidelines by Leica on the Ergonomic Design of Microscope Workstations

Working with a microscope for several hours a day demands a high degree of concentration and strains users' eyes and posture muscles.

If workstations and the microscope itself are designed ergonomically, this strain may be reduced considerably. Leica Microsystems has published an ergonomics handbook that helps identify possible health hazards and shows how they can be greatly reduced.

The handbook also presents the range of ergonomic modules available for the adaptation of microscopes to individual users' needs. It can be downloaded from the Leica Microsystems website in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish: http://www.leica-microsystems.com/products/stereo-microscopes-macroscopes/ergonomics/order-handbook-and-poster/

"Ergonomically designed workstations allow people to work without physical discomfort. They contribute to occupational health and safety programs, facilitate daily routines and help make a company more profitable," said Meinrad Berchtel, Product Manager at Leica Microsystems. "No two people are alike - just take height or girth of a person." Leica Microsystems offers various binocular tubes and ergonomic modules that allow users to individualize their microscope workstations for optimum comfort.

Readers of the handbook will receive an overview over relevant aspects like work table and chair for sitting height and posture as well as instrument ergonomics like adjustment of the viewing position and adequate lighting. They will also find suggestions for varied workflows, regular breaks and exercises for spinal column care that can be easily performed at work.

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  1. Alex Salkin Alex Salkin United States says:

    There's another solution as well- check out this Kickstarter for a microscope camera that plugs into an iPad. This eliminates the strain altogether. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/exolabs/the-focus-microscope-camera

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