COVID 19 - Telecommute During Safer At Home Order


UCLA Ergonomics is unable to conduct onsite evaluations of employee's home workstations as part of the Safer At Home order. To support staff working at home, Telecommute Tips fact sheets, remote evaluations, Ergo Q&A Sessions and group trainings are 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. 

Laptop Setup

Dining Tables & Sofas

Standing Stations


Working in the car

Chair Buying Guide (SSO)

Towel Lumbar Support

Stretch Breaks

Video Conference


Remote Evaluation Photos (SSO)

*Newly added 4/24/20

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. 

Ergo Q&A sessions are held via ZOOM: Monday - Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00am:. Ask questions and get advice on how to work more comfortably and efficiently from home.. 

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

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.

Any equipment that was purchased by UCLA must stay at your assigned workstation. Chairs, desks, and sit/stand equipment may not be removed from your assigned facility. This includes but is not limited to peripheral devices such as monitors, mice, and keyboards.

Contact your supervisor to determine the above. You may also reference UC-PPSM 31 & 32 or consult Campus Human Resources’ Staff Employee Telecommuting Guidelines

Notify your supervisor immediately. Complete a request form. Staff will contact you to discuss your case. 

Contact your supevisor. Each department will decide how to proceed with providing equipment as part of their Business Continuity Plan.