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Working with a microscope for several hours a day demands a high degree of concentration and strains users’ eyes and posture muscles. If workstations and the microscope itself are designed ergonomically, this strain may be reduced considerably. Leica Microsystems has published an ergonomics handbook that helps identify possible health hazards and shows how they can be greatly reduced. The handbook also presents the range of ergonomic modules available for the adaptation of microscopes to individual users’ needs. It can be downloaded from the Leica Microsystems website in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Readers of the handbook will receive an overview over relevant aspects like work table and chair for sitting height and posture as well as instrument ergonomics like adjustment of the viewing position and adequate lighting. They will also find suggestions for varied workflows, regular breaks and exercises for spinal column care that can be easily performed at work.

For more information, visit www.leica-microsystems.com.

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