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The following organizations may provide additional information on material handling equipment and work practises.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
ANSI coordinates the U.S. voluntary consensus standards system, approves American
National Standards, and is the sole U.S. representative and dues-paying member of
the International Organization for Standardization and the IEC.
American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
APICS - The Educational Society for Resource Management is a not-for-profit
international educational organization that offers education and professional
certifi cation programs.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME membership includes opportunities to share new concepts, spearhead solutions,
and advance the science and practice of mechanical engineering through the programs
of its 36 technical divisions and four institutes. ASME International is a nonprofit
educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership of 125,000.
Association of Professional Material Handling Consultants (APMHC)
APMHC is a professional society composed of individual consultants in the
The Automated Material Handling Systems Association
For over 27 years, the Automated Materials Handling Systems Association (formerly
Automated Storage Retrieval Systems/Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems Users'
Association) has promoted the sharing of knowledge and experience among
its members, both users and vendors, to provide proven solutions to common
College-Industry Council on Materials Handling Education (CICMHE)
The council provides information, teaching materials, and various events in support
of education and research on material handling.
Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA)
CEMA's purpose is to promote voluntary standardization of conveyor design,
manufacture, and application.
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals seeks to enhance the development
of the logistics profession by providing information and educational opportunities.
Darcor and Ergoweb ® Ergonomic White Paper
The Ergonomics of Manual Material Handling - Pushing and Pulling Tasks
Fédération Européenne de la Manutention (FEM)
FEM is the European manufacturers association of materials handling and lifting and
storage equipment. It represents the technical, economic, and political interests of
the industry. FEM serves technical progress and improves safety at work through the
establishment of guidelines and business codes.
Industrial Truck Association (ITA)
ITA's site includes directory of members' products by truck class, information on vendorsponsored
operator training programs, data on standards for trucks and parts, events of the
lift-truck industry, annual statistics on U.S. shipments of industrial trucks, and more.
Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
The IIE is a professional society dedicated to advancing the technical and managerial
excellence of those concerned with improving the productivity of integrated systems
of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. The IIE serves the
professional needs of industrial engineers and all individuals involved with improving
quality and productivity.
International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA)
The IWLA is the unifi ed voice of the global logistics outsourcing industry,
representing third-party warehousing, transportation, and logistics service providers.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA)
The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only
trade association dedicated solely to improving the profi ciency of the independent
material-handling equipment distributor.
Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) The MHIA is the nonprofi t umbrella organization overseeing its two membership divisions: The Material Handling Institute (MHI) and the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). This vendor association's site includes a directory of MHIA members and its products as well as information on available literature.
The Material Handling Institute is the educational wing of the MHIA.
The following are product sections or councils within the MHIA:
Materials Handling < Management Society (MHMS)
The MHMS is an individual membership organization for the materials-handling
practitioner and the materials-handling community.
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
The NAM is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and
large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.
National Wooden Pallet < Container Association (NWPCA)
The NWPCA is dedicated to the success of its members by helping them create costeffective,
environmentally responsible solutions to meet their customers' changing
unit load handling needs.
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute (PMMI)
The PMMI is a resource for packaging. PMMI's mission states that it is committed to
improving, leading, and unifying all segments of the packaging industry worldwide.
Robotics Industries Association (RIA)
The RIA is North America's only trade association focused exclusively on robotics.
More than 250 member companies represent leading robot manufacturers, system
integrators, end users, and researchers.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is a nonprofi t, professional society dedicated to
the advancement of scientifi c knowledge in the fi eld of manufacturing engineering. SME
is a professional society serving the manufacturing industries. SME has some 60,000
members in 70 countries and supports a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.
Supply-Chain Council (SCC)
The Supply-Chain Council's membership is primarily practitioners representing a broad
cross-section of industries, including manufacturers, services, distributors, and retailers.
University of California Agricultural Ergonomics Research Center, UC Davis
This center's mission is to understand and apply ergonomic approaches to the
development and evaluation of equipment designs and work practices that prevent
musculoskeletal disorders in agricultural work.
Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)
The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is the professional
association for those in warehousing and distribution. WERC is a not-for-profi t
organization with more than 4,000 individual members.
The following methods are comprehensive tools designed to provide a detailed analysis of various types of manual material handling tasks. They can be used to evaluate lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, and other activities.
NIOSH Lifting Equation
ACGIH Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for Lifting
The following ACGIH Publications may be helpful:
To purchase publications, go to www.acgih.org/store or call (513) 742-2020.
University of Michigan 3D Static Strength Prediction Program
Ohio State Lumbar Motion Monitor
The program's goal is to obtain a better understanding of how much exposure to realistic risk factors is too much.
Snook's Psychophysical Tables
S. H. Snook, and V. M. Ciriello. "The Design of Manual Handling Tasks: Revised Tables of Maximum Acceptable Weights and Forces." Ergonomics 34(9): 1197-1213 (1991).
NIOSH Publications on Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)