International Ergonomics Society (IEA)
The IEA's mission is to advance ergonomics science and practice, and to expand its scope of application and contribution to society. The CIEHF is one of over 50 Federated Societies of the IEA, and with that comes representation on the IEA Council to discuss activities for its global initiatives, and publication of documents and guidelines among other things.
In 2019, the IEA celebrates its 60th anniversary since its formation.
Clinical Human Factors Group
The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and the Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG) are working together to promote an interest in and the integration of human factors and ergonomics within the UK healthcare sector to improve patient and staff safety.
Each organisation brings a unique strength: the CIEHF membership is the largest group of professional human factors and ergonomics specialists in the UK and the CHFG network engages with a wide range of clinical and managerial healthcare staff and strategic influencers interested in human factors and ergonomics. We believe by strengthening connections between these supporter bases and extending our reach, we are likely to increase the understanding and integration of human factors and ergonomics in healthcare.
In short, the CHFG continue to succeed in promoting human factors and ergonomics with a high profile within healthcare, CIEHF members deliver quality human factors and ergonomics work across all sectors of the economy including in academia.
We are a member of PARN, the Professional Associations Research Network, which shows that our professional body is:
- Committed to good practice
- Kept up to date on current research
- Part of a network of professional bodies that learn from and share with each other
The Council for Work and Health
The Council for Work & Health brings together various
professional bodies which address health at work to provide an
authoritative and representative ‘single voice’ on health and wellbeing
issues. Ergonomics and human factors are recognised as important in
designing work and jobs to prevent workplace injuries and ill health and
in modifying workplaces to get people back to work after absence. The
CIEHF was one of the early members and is represented by Tom Stewart who
has been elected onto the Board of the Council for a period of three
years from 2013.
Health at work is often seen in purely medical terms and the CIEHF
wants to ensure that ergonomics and human factors are fully recognised
for their roles especially in prevention and rehabilitation. Playing a
full part in this organisation gives us an opportunity to shape future
health and work in the UK. One of the major Council projects we are
involved with is to model future occupational health service provision
for the next 20 years. The Council’s Business Plan and projects are
described on its website at www.councilforworkandhealth.org.uk.
Being aligned with organisations such as the Faculty of Occupational
Medicine, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Institute of
Occupational Safety and Health also increases our voice with government
British Standards Institute
The CIEHF has a representative on the Technical Committee PH/9
Applied Ergonomics to ensure the best possible ergonomics, technical and
professional advice is available to BSI and hence ISO. This contributes
to high quality standards which are used throughout the profession by
organisations with an interest, including many government agencies such
as MoD and NHS, industry, offices, safety organisations and others. Find out more about standards.
The Hazards Forum
The CIEHF is an associate member of The Hazards Forum.
The Hazards Forum was established in 1989 by the four major engineering
institutions, the Institutions of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and
Chemical Engineers to provide an interdisciplinary focus for the study
of disasters and the promulgation of lessons learned from them. Since
then the Forum has broadened its remit to inform the public
understanding of risk, while continuing to develop its work on the
assessment of hazardous events, dissemination of lessons learned and the
promotion of risk reduction strategies. A member of the CIEHF attends
meetings of the Hazards Forum to put forward the views of the ergonomics
and human factors community and to support the forum in its aims.