Observations on in-house ergonomics training for first-line supervisors

L. A. Smith, J. L. Smith

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Advantages of and approaches to in-house training of first-line supervisory personnel in the principles of ergonomics are discussed. Particular attention is given to the one- to three-day short course approach. The short course approach is illustrated by a case study summarising the authors' experiences in one multi-plant corporation over a period of five years. It is concluded that supervisory personnel typically respond positively to ergonomics instruction; that, to be successful, the course material must relate to situations in which the supervisor can exercise some control; and that the one- to three-day course format appears appropriate for such instruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1984


  • Training
  • courses
  • personnel


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