Ergonomics for remote work during the COVID-19 work-from-home period

Employees and students who do not usually work remotely may find that they currently have an awkward posture. Having good ergonomics is important to minimize the risk of chronic neck/shoulder issues and repetitive injuries to hands and wrists.

Here is a link to a few simple things that you can do during this time to best adapt your remote workplace.

An unsuitable working posture, environment or tool can lead, day after day, to an increase in stress as well as physical and mental constraints, particularly in the case of pre-existing health damage. A visit by one of our occupational health and safety specialists will enable them to provide advice and support to adapt your workplace in the best possible and lasting way, whatever your activity at EPFL.

According to your needs, please request the following services:

Depending on your needs, it is possible to purchase a few ergonomic equipment from our safety items store via Sesame. See the ergonomics catalogue on our page “Personal protective equipment”. For other examples of accessories and their supplier references, please see the document below “useful accessories for an ergonomic computer station”.

However, infrastructure adaptations (for example ergonomic chair, sit-stand desk) can be made in certain situations, as long as several prerequisites are met (prior workplace visit, medical indication).