Webinar - The Space Between Sitting and Standing: Hybrid Seating - Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Wednesday, March 8, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

In this webinar

Sitting, and the associated negative health outcomes, have gained much media attention. Sitting has been flagged as a major health concern, leading to workers with seated jobs negotiating for the right to stand, and sit-stand adjustable worksurfaces becoming a common change in office upgrades.

This webinar will discuss a new trend in office workstations, often referred to as “Hybrid Seating,” intended to address negative outcomes of both prolonged standing or sitting. These seats are designed to change the seated posture and utilize the worksurface heights between sitting and standing. Information presented will cover the effectiveness of these seats at changing an individual’s postures and whether these solutions are worth pursuing. This webinar will be of interest to employers, employees, ergonomists, health and safety and human resources personnel.

About the presenter

Jack Callaghan

Dr. Jack Callaghan holds the rank of Professor in the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo. He is Director of the provincial Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) and holds the Canada Research Chair in Spine Biomechanics and Injury Prevention. Dr. Callaghan is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), is cross-appointed to Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and received the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics in 2014.

His research is concerned with the etiology of spine injuries at the tissue level from exposure to cumulative loading scenarios and has been funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD). He has collaborated and consulted with a wide range of industrial partners, including automotive and office furniture manufacturing companies. He is the past president of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and was inducted as a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2021

Webinar resources

Webinar recording (VIDEO)

Webinar slide presentation (PDF)

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.