Adjusting to Working at Home: How to Use Ergonomics to Help

Thursday, July 9, 2 p.m. Eastern | Register now

Presenters:Teresa Bellingar, Haworth Inc. and Hank Austin  

Hank Austin and Teresa Bellingar will discuss considering ergonomics strategies and furniture selection criteria to set up home offices. Due to extended COVID-19 social distancing, people are experiencing aches and pains from working at home on a couch or kitchen table. Folks are thinking of how they miss the benefits of their office ergonomic furniture and wondering how to purchase the best furniture for their home office. Learn how Hank’s team reacted when the number of office employees they support zoomed to over 15,000 people working at home. Learn from Teresa about the ergonomic, safety & performance standards that furniture should meet. Understand which ergonomic features are the most important to consider when choosing a chair for your home.

Teresa Bellingar, PhD, CPE, NCPT is the senior corporate ergonomist for Haworth, Inc. and the president of the Applied Ergonomics Society. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University with a specialty in Occupational Safety & Ergonomics.  In her position for Haworth, she is responsible for ergonomic research and development for both advanced and current product developments to ensure ergonomics is taken into consideration during the design process, representing Haworth on ergonomics standards/guidelines committees, managing external research projects in the areas of ergonomics, and communicating learnings both internally and externally. Dr. Bellingar also assists all of Haworth’s companies worldwide with any of their questions related to ergonomics and ADA/accessibility. She was on the leadership team for the Applied Ergonomics Conference and was instrumental in the development of the Applied Ergonomics Society (AES). She served as the inaugural president for the AES and is now the past president.

Hank Austin, MS, CSP has been immersed in human factors and ergonomics since 1989 when he went to work at a Fortune 500 company in Safety/Environmental Affairs. Having built a large human factors and ergonomics program and working with several research groups, Hank moved to consulting and has had the rewarding experience of working with thousands of employees to reduce or eliminate their daily and many times over-whelming ergonomics challenges.