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Setting Up a Home Workstation

OctoberOct 21 2020 12:00am - 01:00pm


The webinar will describe some key principles for working at home based on the best available evidence from the scientific literature and practice. The focus of the presentation will be on achieving optimal working postures for computer work using equipment and materials you already have in a home environment. The presentation will cover chair, keyboard/mouse and monitor positioning and also include tips about lighting/glare, visual strain, noise, movement and standing, and taking breaks. The emphasis throughout will be on how to work safely and finding solutions that may need to be temporary, inexpensive, and easy to put together. The webinar will touch on equipment tips but will not describe brands or purchasing information.

Presenter: Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, where he has been a researcher since 1997. He has an MSc and BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in health research methodology from McMaster University, and a PhD in work and health from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.

Upon getting his MSc in kinesiology, Van Eerd got his start in occupational health and safety research in a clinical setting, studying musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper body in musicians, painters, writers and other artists. Now a scientist with the Institute for Work & Health, he focuses primarily on the prevention of MSDs, as well as on the implementation of programs and practices to prevent work injury and disability related to physical and mental health. Van Eerd co-teaches a course on Evidence Synthesis in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto.

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