IES Purpose

The Society is an interdisciplinary non-profit, non-political, non-union, non-confessional organisation of professional people involved in the ergonomics field. The Society promotes the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds.

It furthers the scientific consideration of such knowledge in the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines to perform, whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system.

It advocates the systematic use of such knowledge in the design of interactive systems of people, machines and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, health and ease of performance.

The Society encourages appropriate education and training for those entering the ergonomics profession and for those who conceive, design, develop, manufacture, test, manage, and participate in systems. The purpose inherent in ergonomics research and application is to contribute to overall human well-being.


Ergonomics concerns are as old as civilisation but their present form developed due to user difficulties with complex equipment and new technologies. Novel techniques were needed and the name ergonomics was developed to describe the field.

Its main areas were information perception and cognition, control mechanisms, workplace design, and job skills. In industry concerns were task analysis, time-and-motion studies, and operator utilisation. To extend this work attention was devoted to anthropometry, work physiology, work psychology, and the work environment.

Later it was broadened to include social and organisational issues, control room design, musculoskeletal injuries, human reliability, training, and health and safety, amongst others.
Areas of application include architecture, consumer products, human-computer interaction, ageing, farming, health, sports and recreation, oil field operations, mining, forensics, education, and artificial intelligence.


The Society aim is to pursue and promote work on these issues on a 32 country basis and to maintain close involvement with the developments at a European level.

It contributes ergonomics advice with regard to relevant standards, educational courses, safety and health activities, and government initiatives.

It organises meetings to promote the exchange of knowledge and to strengthen relations between members and supporters.

It provides the Registration Committee which decides on the eligibility of residents of Ireland for submission of their names to the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists to permit them to use the title European Egonomist (Eur Erg). Such people are recognised as fully qualified ergonomics professionals who can practice freely in all countries of the European Community.


The Society aims to promote and maintain high standards of professional competence and behaviour amongst all Ergonomics professionals.