Establishing Ergonomics in Industrially Developing Countries
The introduction of ergonomics is an ongoing effort in industrially developing countries and will ultimately require an organized, programmatic approach spanning several countries and organizations. Our preliminary efforts with our partner countries of Viet Nam, Thailand, and Nicaragua have demonstrated that a one-time course is just the first step in a series of necessary events to provide skills and create an infrastructure that will have lasting impact for the host country. To facilitate that any sort of training has a lasting impact, it is recommended that host countries establish a 'contract' with class participants and the guest instructors for at least one follow-up visit so instructors can see the progress and support the participants in current and future efforts. With repeated exchanges, the class participants can become the 'in country experts' and the next generation of ergonomic trainers. Additionally, providing participants with an easy to use hazard assessment tool and methods for evaluating the financial impact of the project (cost/benefit analysis) will assist increase the likelihood of success and establish a foundation for future projects. In the future, developing trade and regionally/culturally specific 'ergonomics toolkits' can help promote broader implementation, especially where training resources may be limited.
|Year of publication:||
|Authors:||Stewart, K ; Silverstein, B ; Kiefer, M|
|Subject:||general and miscellaneous//mathematics, computing, and information science | DEVELOPING COUNTRIES | HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING | IMPLEMENTATION | NICARAGUA | THAILAND | TRAINING | VIET NAM|
|Type of publication:||Other|
Saved in favorites
Similar items by subject