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AIHA University Webinar: Adapting Your Ergonomics Program to the Hybrid Work Environment



Course Description:
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting quarantine accelerated the trend toward performing office work remotely, whether from home or across the country. As many companies are re-evaluating what their workspace could look like and some companies are starting to call employees back to the office, these shifting environments pose challenges to industrial hygienists, such as:

  • How to conduct an ergonomic assessment when individual no longer have assigned desks, whether at the office, home, or another remote location;
  • What types of equipment are available in a non-traditional office setting that can be adapted for a workstation;
  • What kind of changes in training are needed?
  • Overall, how will the IH manage the safety of these environments and the health of employees?
This webinar will be a combination of presentations on current trends and strategies on managing a hybrid workplace environment, along with breakout sessions to share successes and challenges.

Learning Objectives:
After this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Outline the multiple work environments used for office work today: office, home, hoteling, desk-share, hotdesking
  • Analyze the risks of developing musculoskeletal disorders from performing office work from a variety of workstations in multiple work environments
  • Analyze the potential psychosocial disruptions from working in multiple locations: office, home, conference rooms
  • Identify best practices to minimize the risks of musculoskeletal injury or impacts to productivity and employee satisfaction
  • Identify program changes to conduct remote ergonomic evaluations and adapt training to serve both office and remote workers
  • Identify recommendations to give employers on flexible furniture for the office, mobile accessories, and employer-funded accessories for the home that address these injury risks
Contact Hours: 1.5

Presentation Date: 2/3/2022

Presenters: 
Penney Stanch
Marjorie Werrell