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From the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

FPE Promotes Human Factors/Ergonomics Professionalism  Worldwide Through Impact Grants

The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics is pleased to announce another recent initiative for promoting Human Factors/Ergonomics Professionalism worldwide. Impact Grants are intended as seed funding for small (pilot) projects that could potentially lead to more extensive funding opportunities from other sources in the future. The aim is to support small projects in professional ergonomics around the world that demonstrate the impact that ergonomics can have on productivity, safety, and well-being. Projects have a 12-month period of performance and deliver interim and final reports.  Findings will be published in professional journals with reference to the sources of financial support. The 2021-2022 grants were: "Development of a Certification System and Core Competencies for Professional Ergonomists in Thailand" led by a team from the Faculty of Technology, Khon Kaen University, Thailand and "Ergonomics Intervention Design for Traditional Textile Painting: Batik Industry in Malaysia" from the Faculty of Engineering at the National Defense University of Malaysia.

FPE works closely with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE), which allows us to coordinate and collaborate on such projects of mutual interest and value. 

These projects were made possible through contributions by HF/E professionals who provided their time, expertise, and financial donations.  If you would like to support these or other FPE projects, visit

NIOSH Toolkit Goes International

Ergonomics can truly be collaborative! The Ergonomics Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is in the final stages of updating their Ergonomic Assessment Toolkit with assistance from the NIOSH NORA Musculoskeletal Health Council. The Toolkit is an online guide to 25 free tools which can help practitioners assess the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics and their International Representatives have been assisting with translating the Toolkit into multiple languages. It is currently being translated into Spanish, Arabic, and Hindi. Mandarin is next!  The update and initial translations should be completed soon and will be shared on multiple different websites (AIHA, NIOSH, FPE, etc.) for ease of access for users.

FPE Awards Impact Grants to Thailand and Malaysia

FPE is pleased to announce the winners of the FPE Impact Grants for 2021. FPE Impact Grants aim to provide seed funding for small (pilot) projects that support the development of professional ergonomics worldwide.  A total of eighteen high-quality proposals were received from Columbia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.  The selection committee, comprising Drs. Harvey Cohen, Waldemar Karwowski (Chair), and Dick Kelly, unanimously decided to provide funding to two excellent proposals deemed to have the highest potential impact on the practice of ergonomics worldwide.

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The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics was established in 2004 as a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professionalism in ergonomics through educational activities and awards.  Our goals support the goals of BCPE, and we work closely with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) on various ergonomics practitioner initiatives.  FPE attained an IRS 501(c)(3) status enabling tax-deductible donations from those sharing this dedication to professionalism in ergonomics. 
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