This Ergo Idea Bank was created to share ergo improvements and ideas throughout LBNL and beyond. The goal of the Ergo Idea Bank is to easily share and search ideas to learn from each other and avoid 'reinventing' the wheel'. If you need any assistance or have feedback for improving the Ergo Idea Bank please contact the LBNL Ergo Team at ergo.lbl.gov.

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    Laptop relief from phone tray

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    Task

    Using laptop as secondary screen causing awkward posture/ discomfort. 

    Problem

    Laptop screen too low so head and neck bent down to view the screen and too far away so arms overextend to reach the device.

     

     

    Intervention

    Applied an adjustable phone tray and arm to elevate the laptop and draw it forward. See large 13” phone tray in Ergo Catalog

    Cost

    $110-130 depending on size of phone tray needed

    Evaluation of Intervention

    Pros:Positions laptop at more optimal heightCons: Requires purchase of  phone tray

    Evaluation Criteria of Intervention

    Criteria

    Yes/No

    Reduction of Identified Risk Factor(s)?

    Yes

    No New Risk Factors Introduced?No
    Productivity Not Reduced?No
    Low Cost?No

    Other Possible Interventions:

    Obtain custom accessory made just for laptop

    Resources for Purchased Items:

    Ergo Catalog and LBNL Ergo Website-Laptops

    Acknowledgements / Contact for Further Info:

     Mike White MJWhite2@lbl.gov 510-486-5818

     

     

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    Limited space on lab benches, hoods, and gloveboxes

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    Cluttered hood space

    Task

    Lab work can be further complicated by having various supplies and equipment that are difficult to reach and access

    Problem

    Lab space is a ‘hot commodity’ so oftentimes supplies and equipment are placed wherever space is available.  This may cause scientists to reach, twist and work in awkward positions throughout the day to access needed items.

    Intervention

    Identified frequently needed items and placed them on turntables and maximized space with shelves.  Cleared a ‘work space’ and moved infrequently used items out of the way or moved them completely from the work space.  Also we provided a pair of tongs to improve ease of accessing infrequent and hard to reach items.

    Cost

     Estimated under $200

    Evaluation of Intervention

    Pros:

    Improves the efficiency of space, reduces likelihood of accidental spillage, and reduces awkward postures and positions

    Cons:

    Once items go into a hood or glovebox it is a hassle to remove so scientist may be reluctant to remove items.

    Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Intervention

    Criteria

    Score (out of 5 e.g., 3/5 where 1=worst, 5=best)

    Reduction of Identified Risk Factor(s):

    3/5

    No New Risk Factors Introduced:3/5
    Productivity Not Reduced:4/5
    Low Cost:4/5
    Total:14/20

    Other Possible Interventions:

     

    Resources for Purchased Items:

    Storage shelves: Lab Safety Supply:

    Turntables: Thomas Scientific

    Tongs:  Capintec

    Acknowledgements / Contact for Further Info:

    Melanie Alexandre

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    Bottle shaking and opening

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    Utilize Labnet Orbit 1000 to mix to mix two bottles lying on their sides

    Modify Pour Aid to accommodate 2L bottle to use as an alternate

    Roll bottles on counter top (with gloves on of course)

    Dycem  Bottle Opener

    Task

    Shaking and opening bottles

    Problem

    Many bottles are shook prior to utilization in lab settings.  Some bottles are machine tightened and are difficult to open manually.

    Intervention

    Provide employees with options:

    1. Utilize electric mixer. Performed a test with food dye in a bottle to determine appropriate speed and duration
    2. Modify PourAid
    3. Roll bottles back and forth on counter top

    Cost

    Minimal

    Pour Aid ~$20

    Dycem Bottle Opener~$9

    Evaluation of Intervention

    Pros:Simple and low cost.  Eliminates manually handling. If using electric mixer can yield more consistent mixing.      Cons:

    Depends on accessibly and convenience of accessing equipment vs doing task manually.  May take a little longer.

    Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Intervention

    Criteria

    Score (out of 5 e.g., 3/5 where 1=worst, 5=best)

    Reduction of Identified Risk Factor(s):

    3/5

    No New Risk Factors Introduced:5/5
    Productivity Not Reduced:3/5
    Low Cost:4/5
    Total:15/20

    Other Possible Interventions:

    Position supplies in convenient and accessible storage. Electric bottle openers are another possible intervention for opening bottles/jars.

    Resources for Purchased Items:

    Multiple sources via Google Search

    Acknowledgements / Contact for Further Info:

    Melanie Alexandre and Christine Naca

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    Laboratory Ergonomics

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    Task

    Assembling/ Dissembling hard to reach equipment

    Problem

    Employees work in awkward positions (bending/overhead reaching) while working with heavy equipment and using hand tools in tight spaces.

    Intervention

    Obtained hand tools with various angles, utilized padding and tool wraps on existing tools, utilized power tools whenever feasible, purchased step stools and built custom platforms.

    Cost

    Estimated $300

    Evaluation of Intervention

    Pros:Provided employees with optionsCons:Requires tools and stools to be easily accessible

    Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Intervention

    Criteria

    Score (out of 5 e.g., 3/5 where 1=worst, 5=best)

    Reduction of Identified Risk Factor(s):

    4/5

    No New Risk Factors Introduced:4/5
    Productivity Not Reduced:5/5
    Low Cost:4/5
    Total:17/20

    Other Possible Interventions:

    Using jacks, hoists, and rigging

    Resources for Purchased Items:

    CSD Document Containing Specific Vendors and Parts Ordered: Lab Ergo Equipment

    Snap On: Hand Tools

    McMaster Carr: Toolgrips

    S&S: Powertools

    80/20: Custom Platforms

    Lab Safety Supply: Step Stools

    Acknowledgements / Contact for Further Info:

    Thorsten Weber and Melanie Alexandre

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    Moving into new lab area

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    Task

    Conducting ergo review of new lab space while set up is occurring.

    Problem

    A Principal Investigator wanted to ensure new lab spaces where set up ergonomically.

    Intervention

    Intervention
    Toured lab with scientists to look at: accessibility and placement of equipment, lab benches, sitting & standing at benches, microscope set up, and computer use with instruments. No significant ergo risks or recommendations were identified for labs. A few minor recommendations were suggested.
    • Storage for easy reach to commonly used supplies
    • Anti-fatigue mats
    • Wireless mice for instruments

    Cost

    Estimated $400

    Evaluation of Intervention

    Pros:
    Shows employees ergo is important
    Cons:
    If problems were identified may have been too late to make major changes, so would have been better if occurred before equipment was moved

    Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Intervention

    CriteriaScore (1=Worst, 5=Best)
    Reduction of Identified Risk Factor(s): 3/5
    No New Risk Factors Introduced: 5/5
    Productivity Not Reduced: 5/5
    Low Cost: 5/5
    Total: 18/20

    Other Possible Interventions

    Conduct ergo eval prior to equipment set up.

    Resources for Purchased Items

    CDW: Mouse
    Staples: Antifatigue Mat
    Lab Safety Supply: Storage shelves

    Acknowledgements

    Kat Wentworth and Melanie Alexandre

    Keywords

    Laboratory, Move

 

 

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