The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors has been granted a Royal Charter. Formed over 65 years ago, the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) was the first organisation of its type. It is now the leading professional body whose members are experts in the study of how people interact with products, processes and environments – including public buildings such as stadiums and transport terminals. Scientific research feeds into the application of the discipline to influence design and bring about improvements in life, work and society.
CIEHF President, Roger Haslam and President Elect, Professor Sarah Sharples, provided guests at a celebratory reception on 3 March with an overview on the history of the Institute and the role of today’s ergonomists and human factors specialists who work in a wide range of industry sectors, making things safer, more effective and more usable.
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough, Secretary of State for Education said:
As the local MP for the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, I have had the pleasure of watching your organisation grow and develop and I am delighted to be here to congratulate you on achieving your Charter status. The work of the Institute and its members is increasingly relevant to the challenges of today and I am very proud to see that work recognised on the national and international stage. This great honour has been achieved through the hard work of all those involved.
Steve Barraclough, CIEHF Chief Executive said:
The granting of our Royal Charter is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the critical work that ergonomists and human factors specialists are engaged in, helping to improve lives. Ergonomics is all about us and most of us don’t usually notice good design in products, systems or processes but we do notice poor design and the negative effect that can have on our daily lives.
The Royal Charter has been granted to the Institute in recognition of our unique field of activity, the high professional qualification of our members and the contribution of their work in making life better. The future holds many challenges and means that ergonomists will have much to do whether that’s designing for an aging population or improving the autonomy in systems. Ergonomics is everywhere.