Related Organizations

The HFES Representatives and Liaisons Committee coordinates interactions between the Society and nongovernmental organizations–primarily professional societies.  We seek to establish supportive relationships to mutually advance the missions and activities of HFES and our partnering organizations via letters of cooperation.  The intent is to support joint activities with aligned organizations to benefit the Society, its members, and the profession, while minimizing opportunities for activities at cross purpose. 

To date, HFES has completed agreements with the following organizations: 

American Industrial Hygiene Association

AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, AIHA supports its members with expertise, networks, comprehensive education programs, and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and competency standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed across the public and private sectors and the communities in which they work.  

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Founded in 1977, growing the AISES membership above our current 5,900 individual members is key to achieving our mission. AISES supports 230 affiliated pre-college schools, 196 chartered college and university chapters, 3 tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. We promote the highest standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support. We highlight the geographic, economic, and social aspects of STEM education and careers.

In addition to awarding nearly $12 million and counting in academic scholarships, AISES offers internships, professional development and career resources, national and regional conferences, leadership development summits, and other STEM-focused programming.

American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

ASTM's leadership in international standards development is driven by the contributions of its members: more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 140 countries. Working in an open and transparent process and using ASTM’s advanced IT infrastructure, ASTM members create the test methods, specifications, classifications, guides and practices that support industries and governments worldwide.

Applied Ergonomics Society (AES)

AES, the Applied Ergonomics Society, is a worldwide resource for the ergonomics profession dedicated solely to the support of the profession and individuals involved with improving workplace performance, quality, sustainability and employee availability. AES supports the Annual Applied Ergonomics Conference, a conference where attendees gather from around the world to share best practices with other professionals in ergonomics, healthcare, safety, human resources and risk management.

International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS)

IPSS is a global community of pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, pediatric nurses, advanced practice providers, educators, and other allied health professionals from over 30 countries, all dedicated to improving the care of infants and children worldwide through multi-disciplinary, simulation-based education, training, and research in pediatric simulation. 

International Social Security Association

The ISSA promotes excellence in social security administration through professional guidelines, expert knowledge, services and support to enable its members to develop dynamic social security systems and policy throughout the world.

  • Community: The ISSA provides an exclusive member community and promotes cooperation and exchange through events and expert networks
  • Knowledge: The ISSA develops professional standards, undertakes research and analysis, identifies good practices, and provides data on social security systems in 177 countries
  • Services: The ISSA offers practical services and support for social security administrations.
  • Innovation: The ISSA facilitates innovative approaches to strengthen administration, anticipate risks and manage change
  • Promotion: The ISSA supports global advocacy to promote comprehensive social security

National Safety Council (NSC) 

The National Safety Council (NSC) is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we focus on eliminating the leading causes of injury, impairment, and preventable death so people can live their fullest lives. We focus our efforts where we can make the greatest impact: workplace, roadway and impairment.

Society of Petroleum Engineers

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose more than 124,800 members in 134 countries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge providing opportunities to exchange information at in-person and online events and training courses, publications, and other resources.

The Society of Surgical Ergonomics (SSE)

The Society of Surgical Ergonomics (SSE) is a not-for-profit organization established in June 2021 to advance the education and science of ergonomics in surgery. The Society of Surgical Ergonomics facilitates scientific dialogue, education, and innovation related to surgical ergonomics in the form of annual meetings, lectures, circulation of scientific literature, and research. The SSE was created to bring ergonomic best practices to surgical training and daily surgical work with the goal of improving surgeons’ well-being, quality of life, and career longevity. This unique, multidisciplinary group brings together thought leaders and experts from the fields of surgery, human factors research/ergonomics, occupational medicine, and physical and occupational therapy.

HFES is also aligned with a number of other HF/E organizations:

International Ergonomics Association 

HFES has a global presence, in part due to our membership in the International Ergonomics Association.  The IEA is an international federation of human factors and ergonomics societies and networks from around the world.  IEA represents the science and practice of HFE in other global organizations, including the ILO and WHO.  HFES is one of 52 Federated Societies that are members of the IEA.

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Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI)

BOHSI is situated within the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.  BOHSI is tasked with identifying critical issues related to human interaction with technology and advise sponsors on relevant basic research needs.  Two of its central objectives are to “explore, in depth, the state of knowledge in selected areas judged to be of particular importance" and “provide a mechanism for encouraging contact and communication among both basic and applied researchers in the field”.  HFES is a sponsor of BOHSI.


The Alliance for Professional Practice of Human Factors/Ergonomics (HF/E) and Related Disciplines Incorporating HF/E

The Alliance exists to advance the HF/E profession through collaboration among interested groups. The Alliance’s mission is to coordinate partnerships amongst kindred professional organizations to facilitate common areas of interest for promotion and growth.  The Alliance is predicated on a shared understanding of the scientific foundation of HF/E, the breadth of the HF/E profession, the need for high academic and ethical standards, and the desire to provide resources for its constituents.

Alliance member organizations include HFES, BCPE, and FPE.

Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics

The BCPE, established in 1990, is a nonprofit certifying body for individuals whose education and experience indicate broad expertise in the practice of HFE. BCPE’s professional credentials are endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

The FPE, established in 2004 as a non-profit organization by former Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) Directors, promotes ergonomics professionalism through educational activities and awards.