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  Welcome to the updated NEM Web site!

We hope that you will find the updated information useful and that you will check back frequently for new updates.

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  What is National Ergonomics Month?

In 2003, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) designated October of every year to be National Ergonomics Month (NEM). The purpose of NEM is to focus on promoting human factors/ergonomics to corporate executives, students, and the general public by providing information and services to the community.

  Is Human Factors included in NEM?

Yes. More completely NEM could have been called National Human Factors and Ergonomics Month, but for convenience the shorter name is being used. The shorter name is more effective since many people already believe Ergonomics and Human Factors are synonymous.

  Who is NEM for?
  Everyone! Educators, reporters, HFES members, students, consumers, and community, industry, and government leaders
  How Do I Get Involved?

We encourage all visitors to participate in NEM. If you need help with any activities related to NEM, please contact Please view the upcoming events section for possible collaboration opportunities with other events in your area and view the past events section for inspriation for future events. Here are a few ideas for NEM events:

  • Request a speaker or NEM presentation materials.
  • Write an article for your local newspaper, newsletter, or Web site.
  • Organize an event at your office.
  • Volunteer to speak at a local school.
  • Prepare a community service project.
  • Submit your ideas to the NEM Best Action Plan Contest.

NEM at HFES 2011 in Las Vegas

If you will be attending the HFES 55th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, September 19-23, be sure to check out the NEM Expo.

This year at HFES, the NEM session is being transformed into an NEM Expo. We are seeking student chapters, local chapters, and professionals who have this experience and would be willing to volunteer to “train the trainer” during the NEM Expo.

View the Call for Participation.

See you in Las Vegas!


The Goal of NEM

Promote the science, application, and profession of Human Factors/Ergonomics through:

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Networking
  • Service
  • Fun!

NEM Long Term Vision

Introduce ten million adults (about 3% of the US population of 281.4 million) to Human Factors/Ergonomics (HF/E) by 2020.

Provide beneficial information on HF/E to decision making executives.

Sensitize 1.1 million students to HF/E by 2020, so they will become more aware of HF/E concerns in their chosen profession as well as become better informed HF/E consumers.

Increase corporate relationships with HFES.

Promote the professional development of all student members and encourage them to take a more active role in organizations that represent their interests.