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HFES Bulletin

January 2011
Volume 54, Number 1


News From the IEA Council Meeting

by William S. Marras, Chair, IEA Representatives Committee

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Annual Meeting was held on October 9-10, 2010, in Bruges, Belgium. Sixteen societies from around the world were represented at the meeting. The U.S. delegation consisted of HFES Representatives Deborah A. Boehm-Davis, Kathleen L. Mosier, and William S. Marras, as well as HFES Executive Director Lynn Strother (ex officio).

The IEA has been active on a number of fronts, described here. First, the organization announced the publication of two new items. Ergonomics Guidelines, in development for 10 years, is now available, and the second edition of the IEA/ILO Ergonomics Checkpoints has been published. In addition, Ergonomics Checkpoints for Agriculture is expected to be published in 2011.

IEA is actively involved in forging relationships with organizations whose members work outside the ergonomics field. As an example, IEA President Andrew S. Imada was recently featured in the publication ISO Focus, in which he describes to the larger international standards community the value of HF/E.

Several IEA "demonstration" projects are under way to help introduce ergonomics principles in developing countries. A workshop was held in Thailand to introduce occupational ergonomics using the publication Ergonomics Checkpoints Council. In addition, a "Lighthouse" project is under way in Nicaragua. This effort, led by Barbara Silverstein, examines ergonomics concerns in that country's coffee-harvesting industry.

IEA has been involved in efforts to encourage the consideration of HF/E principles in design. Under development since 2000, EQUID (Ergonomics Quality in Design) is a publication that is intended to bridge the gaps among ergonomics, design, and product managers. This document is undergoing revisions and should be finalized during the year.

Finally, the IEA recognizes those in the ergonomics community who have contributed significantly to the science. At the council meeting it was announced that one of our HFES Fellows, Valerie J. Gawron, was elected as an IEA Fellow.

The next IEA council meeting will be held in South Africa in April 2011. The next IEA Triennial Congress will take place in Recife, Brazil, from February 12 to 16, 2012. Bookmark the Congress Web site for dates and other details. Proposals are due on April 15.

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