CERTIFICATION, OUR PROCESS

After a long period of intense analysis, AFI established specific compliance parameters for

  1. Workplace ergonomics
  2. Human resource practices
  3. Consumer needs

The procedure involves individual organizational review, inspection and analysis.  Following a successful review, the award of “AFI Certified” is bestowed on your organization’s specific facility.

To this end, a project outcome will be the creation of Work-In-Place © Guidelines, such as:

  1. Workplace Ergonomics

    • Looks at how people do their jobs and how to reduce stress on the body by accommodating the physical movements and needs of workers.
    • The goal is to reduce workplace injuries such as:
      1. Eye strain
      2. Nneck, back, and shoulder strain
      3. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
      4. Joint pain
      5. Reducing workplace obesity.
    • An environmental checklist will look at items such as:
      1. Heights of furniture (desks and work surfaces)
      2. Sound levels
      3. Light levels
      4. Color schemes (including value and contrast)
      5. Furnishings
      6. Weight of door pulls
      7. Handrails, stairs, and ramps. 
This is strictly ergonomics and nothing to do with machine operation and OSHA requirements.
  1. Human Resource Practices

    • Examines how your organization is structured to address the needs of a those that fall under the ADA, and those age 50+, in this multi-generational workforce.  It looks at such things as:
      1. Scheduling
      2. Phased retirement
      3. Retention strategies
      4. Health and benefits
      5. Recognition programs
      6. Mentoring programs
      7. Continuing education opportunities
      8. Skills training and upgrading.
  1. Consumer Needs

    • Examines how your organization is structured to address the needs of a those that fall under the ADA, and those age 50+, in this multi-generational workforce.  It looks at such things as:
      1. Ease of navigation including signage for way-finding
      2. Lighting
      3. Use of space (including space planning and ergonomics)
      4. Use of materials and colors (visibility for older adults and people with low vision)
      5. Sound levels.
Each venue has its own set of criteria.  For example, a restaurant will have a much different environment than an office or a retail store.