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Automated Liquid Handling Safety

Staying safe when handling liquids

by Lab Manager
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Repetitive strain injuries are a risk for labs that need to pipette many samples manually. According to researchers, the more repetitive the task of pipetting, the higher the chances of developing upper limb problems. To reduce the adverse effects of excessive pipetting, vary the work routine by changing posture or taking breaks. Depending on the type of lab, staff could also be exposed to bloodborne pathogens with manual liquid handling options. Automated liquid handlers can not only increase lab efficiency, but also greatly reduce the ergonomic and biohazard risks in the lab by taking over these tasks from laboratory staff.