Gary A. Mirka ,,www ,www
The Ergonomics Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering, Box 7906, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7906, USA
Received 10 June 2004. Accepted 8 October 2004. Available online 19 December 2004.
Industry-specific ergonomics guidelines are an important component in the four-pronged approach to workplace ergonomics currently pursued by the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The American Furniture Manufacturers Association has taken the initiative of developing such a guideline for its members. The result of this effort is the “AFMA Voluntary Ergonomics Guideline for the Furniture Manufacturing Industry”, a document that includes basic information about ergonomics program components as well as a compilation of work-proven, ergonomics best practices as submitted by members of the furniture manufacturing community. This guideline was developed through an industry-research-government partnership and made strategic use of the unique attributes that each sector brought to this effort. Outlined in this paper are some of the characteristics of this partnership including, the roles played by each, the different motivations for pursuing the guideline, the challenges faced during the development of the document, the successes experienced in this process, as well as a proposed outline for measuring the effectiveness of this effort. The hope is that this summary, and some of the lessons learned contained herein, would be helpful to others considering the prospect of developing such a guideline for their industry.
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