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?
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