Webinar - Conducting Home Office Virtual Assessments: How it is Done and What You Need to Know to Set Up Your Home Office Workstation

Monday, April 15, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

In this webinar

Virtual office assessments have become a common method of evaluating workstation setup by ergonomists since the pandemic. This webinar will discuss what is required to conduct virtual assessments as well as provide recommendations on proper workstation setup and equipment that can be used to minimize risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) when working from a home office. 

This webinar will cover:

  • How to prepare for the assessment             
  • Objective data collection and how to get the most accurate information virtually
  • How to guide the assessment/conversation
  • How to provide real time recommendations – a feat in communication  
  • Home office recommendations to accommodate many price/cost/funding levels
  • Follow up

About the presenters

Kelly Hogan

Kelly Hogan, CCPE, is the Director, Injury Prevention Services at Sandalwood of Canada. Ms. Hogan has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, specializing in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. Kelly began her career working in clinical kinesiology, completing functional abilities testing and exercise prescription. She pivoted her career to ergonomics and has worked in a variety of industry sectors including automotive manufacturing, food manufacturing, technology, nuclear, and office environments. From 2008-2015, Ms. Hogan worked as a Senior Manager, Global Facilities Governance and Workplace Designs and a Global Manager, Ergonomics Health & Safety Programs for BlackBerry where she defined global standard ergonomic processes, procedures, standardized workspace and equipment design along with pandemic planning. Currently, Kelly is managing a team of ergonomists in Canada and the US, providing support to many industries including automotive, logistics, and warehousing. 

Melissa Statham

Melissa Statham, CCPE, is an Ergonomist at the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW). Melissa received her Master's Degree in Human Kinetics specializing in Ergonomics from the University of Windsor. Melissa worked as a health and wellness specialist and ergonomist in the automotive/manufacturing industry at the beginning of her career. She has spent time consulting in various industries including healthcare, construction, and education. Melissa has been working as an ergonomist at OHCOW for eight years where she provides ergonomic expertise to assist workers who have been injured on the job; educate workers, Joint Health & Safety Committees, and employers in ergonomics; and provide worksite assessments.


Webinar resources

Webinar recording (VIDEO)

MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario resources

Quick Start Guideline: Office

Information technology/computer work

Sitting and standing

Resource library [find all office-related resources here]

Other video resources

Office ergonomics video playlist [find all previous office-related webinars here]

For assistance, please contact Betina Butler at bbutler@uwaterloo.ca.

Disclaimer: CRE-MSD receives funding through a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. The views expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre nor of the Province of Ontario.