Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC to host COVID-19 webinar exploring home office ergonomics

Steps necessary to prevent the onset of musculoskeletal pain and injury while working from home is the subject of the next webinar in the WHSC Confronting COVID-19 series. 
Every year some two million Canadians suffer a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) serious enough to limit normal activities. Much is caused by work. And with many now working from home during this COVID-19 crisis, “make-shift” workstations can present hazards that, if left unchecked, will add to this epidemic of pain.  
This free webinar will be led by Trevor Schell and Dwayne Fuchs, ergonomists from our partner organization Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers (OHCOW). They will discuss how poorly designed home office workstations can lead to pain, strain and if left unaltered, eventually even life-altering musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Equally important, they will explore the “basics” for setting up a home office, including the office chair, work surface, keyboard and monitor to help ensure worker comfort and the elimination of awkward posture, localized contact stress and other workstation design hazards.
Webinar participants are encouraged to ask questions and provide survey feedback. Webinar space is limited and offered to Ontario residents only.

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COVID-19: Ergonomics of working from home
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 11:00 am
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We will also be streaming this webinar in real time to an unlimited Facebook audience. To view the live stream, click this link on the above dates and times:

Can't join live?

Can’t participate now? You can visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel  at your convenience to view this webinar or others in our Confronting COVID-19 series. PowerPoint presentations from all COVID-19 sessions are also posted to our website.

Download and share WHSC docs

This webinar series and our many other ergonomics and COVID-19 resources are made available during these unprecedented and challenging times to help ensure workers, supervisors, joint health and safety committee members and others still working during this crisis have ongoing access to a trusted source of information. Feel free to download and share widely.
WHSC ergonomics resources:
OHCOW ergonomic resources:

WHSC and OHCOW roles

As Ontario’s only designated health and safety training centre, Workers Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) supports workers, their representatives, supervisors, contractors and employers in every work sector with comprehensive training programs and information services. In all we do, we put workers first.  After all, it is their lives and livelihoods that are affected most when workplace hazards go uncontrolled.
OHCOW clinics offer a unique interdisciplinary service model. Teams of doctors, nurses, hygienists and ergonomists provide medical, hygiene, ergonomic and health assessments of workplaces free-of-charge. Along with the critical input of occupational health practitioners OHCOW’s model also includes a role for workers and their representatives to participate in assessing and addressing workplace hazards. To help them take action, OHCOW has developed a library of user friendly workplace assessment resources
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