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Tips for Pipettes
- Use anti-fatigue floor mats if standing for long periods.
- Sit supported against the backrest of your chair.
- Sit or stand close to your work at bench cut outs.
- Adjust your chair to work height rather than jutting out your chin or bending your neck down when working.
- Elevate your chair rather than reaching up to pipette.
- Do not twist or rotate your wrist while pipetting.
- Alternate or use both hands to pipette.
- Hold the pipetter with a relaxed grip.
- Use minimal pressure while pipetting.
- Use light force or two hands to change tips.
- Use low profile tubes, solution containers and waste receptacles.
- Select a light-weight pipetter sized for your hand.
- Use pipetters with finger aspirators and thumb dispensers to reduce thumb strain.
- Use latch-mode or electronic pipetters for repetitive pipetting.
- Take a 1 to 2 minute break after every 20 minutes of pipetting.