Ergonomic Tips for Working and Schooling at Home During COVID-19

May 6, 2020 Presented By:  Melissa Afterman, MS-HFE, CPE

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Webinar Details

With schools and offices closed, people of all ages are at home using online technology for meet-ings, to socialize and play with friends, and to work on projects. This increase in screen time and laptop work combined with a decrease in active, communal events is challenging for the whole household. This webinar provides practical recommendations to address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial risks imposed by working and schooling from home.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Use household items to create work spaces that support the body and minimize fatigue

  • Identify ways to manage the increased cognitive load of working and schooling at home

  • Plan strategies for movement and wellness to balance an increase in sedentary screen time



Melissa Afterman is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist with 20 years of consulting ex-perience and is part of the the UC Ergonomics Research and Graduate Training Program. She works with organizations on ergonomics program development, risk assessment and mitigation, and tool evaluation and design for industrial and knowledge workers.

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