Guides & Manuals
In 2002, a technical work group sponsored by AHFA’s Information Technology Board of Directors published six conventions for inventory management to bring furniture industry practices in line with Uniform Code Council and international barcode standards, Voluntary Inter-industry Commerce Solutions standards and American Production & Inventory Control Society practices.
Members Only: Go to Inventory Management Conventions
AHFA’s Responsible Sourcing Manual (released January 2012) provides a step-by-step guide to establishing a comprehensive corporate social responsibility program. The 28-page manual is relevant for any company that sources products or components from other countries. Produced exclusively for AHFA by UL Responsible Sourcing, a global leader in responsible sourcing program development and supplier assessment services, this manual helps companies comply with the Lacey Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and internationally recognized conventions on labor and human rights. The manual is available to members free. Members Only: Go to Responsible Sourcing Manual
This members-only supplement to the Responsible Sourcing Manual highlights the growing need for corporate social responsibility programs. The top five furniture exporting countries – Mexico, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam – are profiled by UL Responsible Sourcing. These country profiles can help AHFA companies assess potential supply chain risks and provide meaningful internal training for sourcing personnel.
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In 2002, a technical work group sponsored by AHFA’s Information Technology Board of Directors conducted an extensive evaluation of industry bar codes and the Uniform Code Council bar code standards. This six-page guide includes their findings and recommendations.
Members Only: Go to Serialized Furniture Labeling Guide
This digest of U.S. and Canadian labeling laws is updated every other year by the International Sleep Products Association. It covers laws pertaining to bedding, upholstered furniture and other products. Recent updates include guidance on the EPA’s Title VI compliance statement and California’s Proposition 65 consumer disclosure labeling. Basic licensing, registration and labeling requirements are provided for each jurisdiction in the U.S. and Canada. Members may access the manual online at no charge by clicking the link below. The manual costs $395 for non-members.
Members Only: Go to the Tagging Law Manual
Non-members click here to order a copy of the manual.
The Voluntary Ergonomics Guideline assists furniture manufacturing employers and employees in recognizing and controlling potential ergonomic hazards. The 109-page guideline was developed by AHFA in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division, and the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA.
Go to the Voluntary Ergonomics Guideline