Fume Hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets Risk Factors 

n   Constrained knee and leg space, especially in older BSCs

n   Contact pressure on the forearms, wrists and knees, or legs

n   Awkward and static posture of the neck, back, legs, arms and wrists

n   Constrained body position, overloading muscles, tendons, and joints in asymmetrical manner

n   Working with elbows winged

n   Overreaching

Fume Hoods and Biological Safety Cabinets Tips 

n   Adjust the chair properly before you start work so it provides adequate back support. Remove the chair arms if they interfere with the ability to get close to your work. Sit back in the chair for lumbar support.

n   Prevent extended reaching. Place materials as close as possible to you. 

n   Avoid resting arms on the sharp edges of the hoods or cabinets. If possible apply closed-cell foam padding to the front edge of the hood or cabinet.

n   Remove drawers, supplies, refrigerators from under the cabinet or hood to provide leg room.











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