COVID 19 - Telecommute During Safer At Home Order


UCLA Ergonomics is conducting evaluations of employee's remote workstations via Zoom. To further support staff working at home, Telecommute Tips fact sheets, and group trainings are also available.  

If you are experiencing discomfort associated with telecommuting please notify your supervisor and complete an evaluation request form. You will be contacted by staff to discuss your case. Alternative resources can be made available to address specific needs on a case by case basis. Supervisors can contact Ergonomics Staff by submitting a contact form

Telecommute Tips

How to Use These Fact Sheets

Telecommuting can be difficult during Safer At Home. The Telecommute Tips series of fact sheets provides in-depth suggestions on how to improve a variety of computer setups. Start by making one or two changes that best suits your home work area. You do not have to make sweeping changes all at once. Incremental change allows you to “test out” those changes and decide if more are necessary. Resolving discomfort associated with computer work can be tricky but by reviewing these fact sheets, and making a few changes over time, you will have an optimized computer workstation that reduces strain on the body and improves comfort. 

NEW 3/22/21 - Stretch Break: Lower Body

Laptop Setup

Dining Tables & Sofas

Standing Stations

Working In Bed

Working in the car

Chair Buying Guide (SSO)

Towel Lumbar Support

Stretch Breaks

Video Conference

Working On The Floor

Remote Evaluation Photos (SSO)

Preventing Eye Discomfort


Employees can access the Health Working online training portal via the UC Learning Center for additional information about reducing risks associated with the development of musculoskeletal disorders. 

Departments can request group trainings to meet specific needs.  


Below is a list of suggested items for staff and faculty who opt to purchase items for home use. We are currently reviewing updates to the cost sharing guidelines in consideration of the Safer At Home order. 

Safer At Home Equipment Catalog (SSO)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I do if I received equipment as part of an accommodation and do not have access to it at home?
  • Contact your supervisor, disability management consultant, and/or claims manager to clarify your needs and responsibilities while temporarily working from home. Open communication with your department is key to ensuring your safety.
  • Do I need a telecommute agreement?
  • Contact your supervisor to determine the above. You may also reference UC-PPSM 31 & 32 or consult Campus Human Resources’ Staff Employee Telecommuting Guidelines
  • It hurts to keep working at home. What should I do?
  • Notify your supervisor immediately. Complete a request form. Staff will contact you to discuss your case. 
  • Will my department pay for equipment for me to use at home?
  • Home office furniture or furnishings may not be purchased with university funds directly or through reimbursement per UCLA Policies 740 & 741 Attachment A.