REAS: Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist - Live Online Training
Workshop Hours: 12:30-4:00 Eastern Time

***NOTE*** This day of instruction is part one of a two-part certification program. Part two consists of a self-paced, three-hour online practicum that includes a multiple choice exam along with two practice assessments that must be submitted for review.

This is an intermediate level course and assumes you have taken CEAS I or have an equivalent understanding of performing in-person ergonomics assessments

Learn to perform office ergonomics assessments remotely from the comfort of your home!

Beginning in March 2020, the practices of remote work, remote healthcare and remote education went from luxury to necessity. Suddenly, millions of people worldwide woke up to a new reality that they would be working from home offices for the foreseeable future. Attendees will learn to discern between past and future.

As with any seismic shift in our reality, this abrupt change in the way we do things brought challenges and opportunities. We choose to acknowledge and note duly the former, then focus on the latter. Attendees to this course will learn a new way of working in office ergonomics.

COVID-19 has brought into stark relief what many have been preparing for professionally. This challenge brings new opportunities to the nimble practitioner who can pivot into a new engaging and profitable standard. Learn how to harness this revolution, improving your inherent value and skillset both clinically and beyond. 

Attendees will learn an easy-to use, practical assessment tool that meets the industry standards of OSHA The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. With it, you will also receive assessment strategies and solutions for structural deficits and underlying conditions that you can use the next day.

Why this course is needed.

  • For years, professional groups such as The American Physical Therapy Association has been telling its practitioners: “Telehealth will not replace traditional clinical care - but it will give flexibility to provide services efficiently. Quicker screening, assessment and referral can improve care coordination within collaborative delivery models.”
  • They go on to further admit what’s now undeniable: “In physical therapy, patients / clients are asking for more time-efficient and less costly care models. Busy lifestyles make it difficult for greater numbers of people to attend traditional BIW / TIW appointments. Applications of telehealth in physical therapy already allows PT’s to better communicate with patients / clients and provide more flexible care.” These statements were all made prior to the new realities of a post-COVID-19 clinical landscape.

  • Safety Professionals, Healthcare Practitioners and Human Resource Specialists can all confront this new landscape with new eyes toward bringing practices of the past into this new era. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the learned information and be prepared to perform a Remote Ergonomic Assessment using a preemptive format of 1) Survey / Interview, 2) Observation / Measurement, 3) Assessment and 4) Report Preparation. 
  • Explain and apply the Malchaire and Piette 2002 Ergonomic Four Stage Process described in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health for onsite tasks and offsite tasks - and convert these steps to Telehealth PT / OT populations and Prevention Medicine clients.
  • Understand and apply the ‘Easy Ergonomics for Desktop Computer Users’ booklet - developed and prepared for publication by  Cal/OSHA, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, California Department of Industrial Relations ( ) - uniquely to Telehealth PT / OT populations and Preventive Medicine clients.

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This course is currently pre-approved for CEUs by the AOTA, BOC. AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT & Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

This and many of our courses are currently or have in the past been pre-approved for continuing education credit by most state PT boards. Other specialities/professional disciplines should be able to submit for individual credit but it is important for you to contact your state licensing board or professional credentialing board for information regarding policies and the amount of continuing education credits allowed for online courses.


Once you have completed your registration you will receive a registration confirmation email with information and links to RSVP to the presentation. You MUST RSVP to attend the presentation.

*** NOTE *** Once you have RSVP’d using you will receive an email that will include the link to login to the presentation on the live date as well as the password for entering the presentation.


Participants must be present for all 3 hours of class work which includes course participation and group work, practice and demonstration, for the awarding of CEUs. Those wanting to earn their REAS Certification must then, after completion of the course, complete the 3-hour REAS Online Practicum portion consisting of a 50 question exam as well as two sample assessments graded by an instructor for $195.00.


Tuition: $295.00

About Certification

At the conclusion of the workshop attendees will have earned a Certificate of Attendance awarding 3 CEUs.  If you wish to attain REAS Certification you must complete the three-hour practicum. After successful completion of the practicum attendees will receive their certification designating them as a Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (REAS).


Tuition is refundable less $50.00 if canceled 14 days before the workshop date. Tuition is not refundable under any circumstance, for registrations or cancellations after the 14 days has expired. However, you may have someone attend in your place or attend at another date. You may only change workshop dates or locations two times, then tuition will be forfeited.

Who Should Register

PTs, OTs, CHTs, RNs, PT Students, Certified Safety Professionals, Industrial Engineers, Risk Managers, Ergonomists, Human Resources Professionals, PTAs, OTAs, ATs, NPs, OT Students, Industrial Hygienists, Chiropractors, Claims Managers, Safety Committee Members, Office Furniture Sales and anyone wanting to learn how to decrease risk of musculoskeletal disorders and increase productivity and job satisfaction..


Dates Location
Oct 27, 2021 - Oct 27, 2021 Live Online Training Workshop
Live Online Training Workshop
Live Online Training Workshop, - 30318

Matt Jeffs, PT, DPT, CEAS II

Matt Jeffs, PT, DPT, CEAS II
Overview – The ‘Why’
My varied background has informed and inspired me to be an agent of positive change. When confronted with outmoded delivery models which deliver – at best – inefficiency and ineffectiveness, I’m drawn to employ my creative potential and strive to deliver more. Part of this is out of a sense of social justice and compassion for our common humanity. Part is also to serve as the change I wish to see in the world. Every day is another opportunity to leave an enduring legacy. One that positively inspires those who follow us. My goal is to spend my remaining days here on earth doing just that.

Summary – The ‘How’
My combination of seasoned skill in public speaking, broadcasting and leadership with award-winning clinical excellence in sports, orthopedics and industrial medicine has been the foundation of my career success. This skill-set allows me to provide positive, verifiable work-injury reduction and risk mitigation from corporate clientele to clinical providers. It’s accomplished by serving business-to-business, business-to-provider and business-to-consumer formats.

In my leadership role with the First Coast Manufacturers Association as its Workforce Education Director, I served as Consultant to the FCMA Board of Directors. Here, I provided this powerful industrial trade consortium of some 300 manufacturers and North Florida companies with sound advice in workforce optimization and cost containment strategies.

Armed with two professional clinical degrees in physical therapy and licensed in two states (FL and NC) with over 25 years of clinical and management experience, I have directly overseen the successful rehabilitation of >23,000 individuals in the clinical setting. As a Lean Practitioner equipped with over 12,000 hours of direct onsite experience serving clients in corporate and industrial settings, I apply continuous improvement methodology to all onsite projects and processes.

Corporate leaders and academic colleagues seek me out for sound advisement and reliable solutions to the evolving patterns of a fluid, dynamic workplace. As such, I am regularly sought to address colleges, universities, professional associations, trade groups and executive summits to convey my philosophy and applications for successful injury prevention, cost-reduction and workforce performance improvement.

Principal Faculty at The Back School – The ‘What’
Serving as Principal Faculty at The Back School (TBS), I draw directly on the FCMA Workforce Education Director role mentioned above. In that past role, I worked with local colleges and universities to better prepare student skill sets for high paying advanced manufacturing careers. Presently, I arrange for TBS Ergonomics Course attendees to gain hands-on assessment experience at technical colleges in the Southeast. We no longer simply lecture. We now immerse our students.

At FCMA, my tasks included directing  their Workforce Development Committee, which focused Human  Resources Managers on common issues facing manufacturers. In this past role, I developed top onboarding, workforce education and training programs for FCMA member companies. FCMA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - such as its Plant Manager Executive SIG - also fell under my Workforce Development Committee duties. This experience gives me ease when addressing senior leadership in corporate clientele on behalf of The Back School as its Principal Faculty.

At FCMA, I also directed the Environmental Health & Safety Committee, a preemptive group charged with identifying harmful issues impacting manufacturers and their surrounding communities. The EH&S Committee emphasized legislative and regulatory issues by forming partnerships with regulators and environmental organizations. In this role, I coordinated relevant workshops and seminars on various issues relating to  EH&S.  Routinely, I arranged  subject matter expert presenters selected from within the association's membership. This practical experience allows me conversant roles with a variety of technical professionals on behalf of The Back School.

Lastly, I oversaw FCMA’s Professional Progress curriculum, a premier 8-month leadership training program I conducted to provide instruction, interaction and discussion skills necessary for leadership success in tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workplace. As Principal Faculty at The Back School, I’m tasked with bringing together leadership personnel from all age groups and industries to cultivate common ground and expedite mutually beneficial, value-added projects.

Onsite Health & Safety Specialist
Both workplace safety factors and workforce health influences jointly contribute to many problems confronting today’s business and industry. Until recently, these two areas were often fragmented and isolated. Safety was handled in the EHS silo, while employee health remained in the HR silo. Prevailing science now supports combining these efforts through initiatives that integrate safety protection and health promotion. Inefficiencies are truncated while benefits compound.

In this sphere of influence, my company Ability On-Demand has been field-tested. Employee participants report positive experiences with better communication and mutual understanding with management. Employers report better workforce relations, improved performance in key indicators, and a shared sense of commitment in corporate culture.

The benefits of a committed willingness to listen to perspectives of front line staff, provide our corporate clientele valuable feedback and workable solutions to operational challenges. Working together to address feasible root cause measures yields compounding dividends. It’s a 21st century business model that's also a great business to be in.

Keynote Speaker & Onsite Therapy Services Consultant
As an onsite industrial Doctor of Physical Therapy with clients throughout the Southeastern US, I provide verifiable, sustainable ROI in direct and indirect healthcare savings to international firms and clinical providers.
This is accomplished through workforce education initiatives, ergonomic analyses, job demand analyses, defined job demand descriptions, legally-defensible job demand capacity evaluations, pre-work screenings, fit-for-work screenings, transitional rapid return-to-work strategies, early intervention onsite first-aid screenings, onsite physical therapy evaluation / treatment, and plant-wide communications in public speaking, audio and video formats.

Meta-Physical Therapy TaijiFit Instructor
As a safety management advisor for national and international firms, I also serve as a Tai Chi Fitness Instructor in multiple settings. From hospital-owned fitness centers to modern industrial workplaces, I apply what I named ‘Meta-Physical Therapy’ to students, faculty and professionals alike. Mind-Body Awareness creates a safer, healthier and more productive work environment in every setting. Applying myself to this important transition is my life’s work, and I hope offering insight on how to make the corporate mind and body work together - for the most people possible - is a goal worthy of us all.

Conclusion – Again, The ‘Why’
As a ‘medical multiculturalist’, I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with the most forward-thinking colleagues who happen to have the following initials after their names: MD; PA; NP; RN; LPN; DPT; LPTA; OTD; OTR, COTA; PhD; SPHR; CSP; DC and many, many more. Every one of these individuals has taught me something. As someone who crosses lines easily into worlds other than my own, I will continue to strive to leave a legacy of excellence through continuous improvement. The positive change I help create is something I’m confident will outlast me. That, is my simple mission.

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The Pivotal Shift of the CV-19 Imperative

12:30PM - 1:00PM

Recognize the new telework drivers of telehealth ergonomics

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Bending the Old Curve Using Telehealth

1:00PM - 1:45PM

Apply existing models of telehealth rehab and wellness

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Breaking Outdated Models Using New Thinking

1:45PM - 2:30PM

Analyze related components of telehealth ergonomics to modern work

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion


2:30PM - 2:45PM



Blending New Thinking with New Standards

2:45PM - 3:30PM

Evaluate best practices in telehealth ergonomics to maximize ‘live’ interactions

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

The Path Forward in Virtual Connectivity

3:30PM - 4:00PM

Create new models for telehealth ergonomics to service remote clients

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion