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Medical device assembly, testing and educational activities and biotech operations can be performed faster and safer utilizing a properly designed workstation.

BOSTONtec’s ergonomic focus is achieved with a complete line of accessories including options to lift, tilt, rotate, and slide for better task positioning. All work surfaces feature height adjustability to support the 5th through 95th percentile employee in a seated posture.

TYPICAL LABORATORY WORKSTATION

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BUILD YOUR OWN LABORATORY WORKSTATION IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!
STEP 1: Select Workstation Base Frame

Some important considerations for choosing the correct workstation frame for a laboratory application:

  • The size of the frame is dependent on the size of the work surface. Decide how much surface is necessary to perform the necessary laboratory tasks – and how much space is available in the work area. Apply the ergonomic reach zones to each item or function. The space should be large enough to perform the tasks but compact to limit reaching and stretching.
  • Consider whether there will be multiple users of the workstation – or if the operator will transition between sitting and standing. A good rule-of-thumb to determine whether manual or electric height adjustability is appropriate, is if the height needs to be adjusted more than four times per year, electric adjustability is suggested.
STEP 2: Select Feet or Caster Type

Some important considerations for choosing the feet or casters for a laboratory application:

  • Determine how often the workstation will be moved within the work area. Leveler feet are used for mostly stationary units.
  • Casters are recommended for stations that will be occasionally or frequently moved or repositioned. For safety BOSTONtec offers workstations with at least two locking casters; all four locking casters are available for additional security.
  • Leveling casters are also available and often used in laboratory environments. These casters feature a pad when engaged holds the workstation securely in place.
STEP 3: Select Work Surface Type

Some important considerations for choosing correct work surface for a laboratory application:

  • Decide how much surface is necessary to perform the tasks – and how much space is available in the work area. Consider Apply the ergonomic reach zones to each item or function. The space should be large enough to perform the tasks but compact to limit reaching and stretching.
  • Consider whether the user will perform most functions from a sitting or standing position. A rolled front edge is more ergonomic for operators who rest their forearms on the front edge of the work surface when performing a task.
  • Know the substances that will come in contact with the work surface. Laminate work surfaces are durable and economical for some laboratory applications. Many operators prefer stainless steel, phenolic resin or epoxy surfaces for their resistance to chemicals.
STEP 4: Select Accessories

Once the basic components of the laboratory workstation are selected, accessories are added to place items based on frequency and sequence of use, safety and other factors to reduce operator stress and increase productivity. (See Plan Your Workstation for more information)

  • Review the ergonomic reach zones and identify what tools and components correspond with each zone. Utilizing uprights with shelves allows the operator to place items where appropriate while keeping the work surface clear for tasks.
  • Evaluate lighting where the workstation will be placed. For detailed tasks additional lighting may be necessary to reduce eye strain and avoid accidents. For meticulous work, special task lights or magnifiers are also helpful.
  • Evaluate the computer equipment that will be used at the workstation. Large CPU units should be stored out of the way under the work surface. Monitor arms and keyboard trays allow the operator to place equipment at the appropriate height for proper posture and reduced eyestrain.
  • Contact BOSTONtec for more laboratory workstations suggestions!

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