Superior Laboratory Ergonomics

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For Laboratory Technicians, the Risk is Real

Whether identified as Repetitive Stress Disorder (RSD), Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) or Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD’s), musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace have been a serious issue for the past decade, amounting to tens of billions of dollars in costs associated with diagnosis and treatment. In a recent news release summarizing 2009 statistics, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported over 348,740 cases of ergonomically related injuries, which represented over 28% of all cases of workplace injuries and illnesses reported1 . Furthermore, over 40,000 cases were directly related to hand, wrist, finger and arm RSD’s2 .

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