Histology is often ranked as a job that is “most damaging to your health.” Microtomy, in particular, is a source of both repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) and nicks and cuts. By using the microtome and transferring sections to the water bath, most histologists suffer from RMIs like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis at some point in their career. As well, handling sharp blades, both in changing them and during sectioning, presents a risk of cutting yourself – and most newer histologists do this at least once.
There are ways to avoid these injuries – they may not eliminate risk, but they can help. Here are five ways to stay safe around the microtome:
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1J. Minshew, “Histology Laboratory Ergonomics and Occupational Risk Factors,” mikro-graf, vol. 42, no. 03, 2013.