IEA NewsBriefsMarch 2020


World Health Organization (WHO) renews official relations with IEA
At the 146th session of the World Health Organization, the Director-General and Executive Board decided to maintain official relations between the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and WHO. Sixty-six professional organizations were recognized as official Non-State Actors. In making the decision, the Executive Board commended the continuing dedication of the IEA in supporting the work of WHO. The approved collaborative project between WHO and IEA is creating a joint document with practical guidelines and case studies in “Applying HFE to Healthcare for Patient Safety” by January 2023. Leading the effort are IEA’s Communication and Public Relations Committee; the Center for Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety, Tuscany Region, WHO Collaborating Centre, including the scientific collaboration of ISQua. Please contact Dr. Michelle Robertson and Dr. Sara Albolino, with any questions 

IEA participates in WHO Decade of Patient Safety
As part of the role of official Non-State Actor with WHO, IEA was invited by Dr. Neelam Dhingra-Kumar to represent the human factors/ergonomics perspective at a three-day global consultation to kick off development of the Global Patient Safety Action Plan for “A Decade of Patient Safety: 2020-2030.”  The plan is a commitment from WHO, international health agencies, and Member States to organize and roll out definitive action to reduce the overall burden of patient harm due to unsafe health care and will be based on the guiding principles of equity, sustainability, and accountability.  

IEA Collaboration with International Labour Organization
IEA was asked by Dr. Shengli Niu of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to develop a collaborative document outlining “Principles and Guidelines for HF/E Design and Management of Work Systems.”  The document highlights the importance of HF/E in work systems and is under final review before being published on the IEA and ILO websites.  Watch for it soon… 

Recognizing Future Healthcare Leaders
The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) is seeking recommendations for early-career healthcare professionals who are budding leaders to present their innovative work on the main stage of ISQua’s 37th International Conference in Florence this year. Three successful presenters will be selected to join the stage with Dr. Trish Greenhalgh, an Internationally recognised academic in primary health care and implementation science. Please send your recommendations (you may self nominate) including the candidates’ short biography by mid-April to 

HFE Women Award Nominations
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Women’s Organization for Mentorship and Networking (HFE WOMAN) is accepting nominations for its 2020 award, HFE Woman of the Year and HFE Mentor of the Year, through 5 June 5 2020. These awards are presented annually during the HFE WOMAN luncheon at the HFES annual meeting. More information about how to nominate can be found here.   


HFES Town Hall Webinar on Facing the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Human Factors Considerations. 
Following the difficult decision to cancel the HFES healthcare human factors symposium, the organizers aim to discuss and learn about how the human factors community can and should address public health crises, such as the one we are now facing. More information about the cancellation announcement is available hereRegister for the town hall webinar to be held 11 March 2020, 2 PM EST. 

MSD Prevention in the Paramedic Sector II: Launching a National Ambulance Design Standard
Join members of CRE-MSD, Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance, CSA Group, Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, and the Paramedic Association of Canada for the launch of the new Ergonomic Design Standard for Ambulances and Related Equipment – CSA D500.CRE-MSD is pleased to offer this as a FREE event. Space is limited, so be sure to register early using the online registration form by 20 March 20 2020. 

Adverse Outcomes Associated with Occupational Exposures to Whole Body Vibration: Making a Health, Safety and Business Case
Presented by Dr. Peter Johnson, this webinar will demonstrate how adverse health and safety outcomes can result from occupational exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) and how methods to reduce WBV exposures can improve operator health and safety and company profitability. Registration is required to attend this free webinar.  

CHI 2020
The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems will be held 25-30 April 2020 in Oahu, Hawai’i, USA. Registration is open. The current expectation is that CHI2020 will be held as planned. Any changes to the status of the conference will be updated on this website.  
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IEA NewsBriefs April 2020

I hope this message finds you well. Much has happened since our last IEA NewsBrief in early March. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has reached all corners of the world, our IEA member societies have responded quickly. As many of you already know, several events scheduled to be held through the summer have been canceled or moved fully online. Please view our updated IEA website at, with a special note from the IEA officers on behalf of the Executive Committee about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted IEA activities.  Below are a few additional important announcements. If you have any information you would like to share with our member societies, please reach out to me, your IEA NewsBriefs Editor, Erin Chiou ( Wishing you all good health in these extreme times. 


Japan Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
The Japanese Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has launched a discussion on ergonomics strategic plans against COVID-19 outbreak. For more information about their activities, please read the message from Dr. Ryoji Yoshitake, President of JES.  

Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human FactorsThe Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors has launched a podcast series in response to COVID-19. The first episode is focused on how to stay physically and mentally fit while working from home. Furthermore, on 31 March 2020, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) asked CIEHF to produce guidance for manufacturers new to designing and building ventilators in a context that requires rapid turnaround. CIEHF welcomes contacts from any members of IEA societies who have specific expertise and knowledge connected to the design, testing, and usability of ventilators. To provide input, please contact Dr. Noorzaman Rashid at CIEHF ( More information about the CIEHF response to COVID-19 can be found here.  

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of AustraliaIn the latest issue of HFESA Connect, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia’s president, Stephen Hehir, shared his response to the pandemic and issued a call for action among its members, particularly to update areas of specialization and for those with knowledge of pandemic response or organizational pandemic management to reach out. For more information about HFESA’s response, please send an email to . 

Human Factors and Ergonomics SocietyHFES recorded a townhall session organized around COVID-19, and moved its canceled Health Care Symposium to a first-ever virtualformat to be held 18-21 May 2020. More updates will be provided soon on their websiteRecent posts on the new, online community established for HFES members contain several discussions about COVID-19, including a post with several guidance documents: an overview of HF/E, reduction of stress and fatigue, disaster management, and communicating with the public. More information about these activities can be found in a message from Dr. M. Susan Hallbeck, President of HFES. 

International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)The following is a special message from Dr. Peter Lachman, CEO of ISQua:            «As an international member based organisation, (the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) has members in more than 80 countries that have been affected by the pandemic. We took action before most, and closed our office on March 13 to begin remote working in anticipation of the pending lockdown. This anticipatory action allowed us to adapt rapidly to the new world of remote working. We have set up a resource centre on our website for our members and others, and are running a series of webinars on COVID-19, starting with relaying the experience of our partners and members in Italy.            We are continuing our normal activities remotely but are redesigning part of our services for education and conferences, taking into account the need to change how we reach our members. Most importantly we are supporting our members where we can – be it in networking or providing up-to-date information about COVID-19 and how to respond. We believe that HF/E is more important than ever, and we look forward to working together with IEA to bring human factors into the solutions for this crisis and for future healthcare delivery.»            Resource page is Please send any resources you think are of value to:            

World Design OrganizationWDO, an international non-governmental organization and the international voice for industrial design, has launched a special initiative for Designing for COVID19. They advocate for Design for a Better World. Please check this initiative at  


Fellow Award Nominations Invited
The due date for IEA Fellow Award nominations is 30 April 2020. The IEA Fellowship is given to recognize extraordinary or sustained, superior accomplishments of an individual. Please consider nominating deserving colleagues and HF/E professionals. Given these strange times in a changed world, it is more important than ever to recognize and acknowledge our leaders in the science and practice of HF/E.  

ACEAD SEANES 2020 Update
The call for papers for ACEAD SEANES 2020 has been extended to 20 April 2020. The 2020 Joint Conference of the Asian Council on Ergonomics and Design (ACED) and the Southeast Asian Network of Ergonomics Societies (SEANES) theme is “Convergence: Creating Ergonomic Breakthroughs Through Partnerships,” to be held 2-4 December 2020 in the Philippines.  

IEA2021 Update – Connect on LinkedIn
To stay connected with the people planning our 21st Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, please request to join our new LinkedIn Group, IEA2021, in case you are not already on Facebook. Call for sessions is now open:  


HFES Summit: Guidelines for Safe and Healthy Work or School from Home
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is producing a virtual one-day ergonomics summit to be held 15 April 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (15:00-20:00 GMT). The summit will feature a group of seven renowned ergonomics experts who will provide state-of-the-art guidance for creating more comfortable, safer, and more productive home-based work and school environments. The registration fee for HFES members is $39.95 and for nonmembers is $59.95.   

The Joint CIEHF/ODAM 2020 Conference Goes Virtual
The virtual conference to be held 28-29 April 2020 will consist of presentations and discussions over two days in the form of interactive webinars, with slideshows, podcasts, and videos. Registration is open, and members of IEA Federated Societies receive a 20% discount off of the registration fee. Discount codes have been sent by email or are available from partial refund will be provided for those who paid for the original face-to-face conference.The ticket for the original face-to-face conference will be transferred to the virtual conference, and the cancellation fee will provide full, online access to the interactive webinars, online content, and a full digital version of the conference proceedings. CIEHF/ODAM would invites members of IEA societies to virtually attend this conference as it now reaches all around the world!
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