The Puget Sound Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

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PSHFES is a non-profit organization associated with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and serves the needs of Puget Sound business and human factors and ergonomics practitioners. All funding for our chapter is generated via the chapter's membership dues and activities.

Have a question about our organization or want to know how you can get involved? Please contact one of our Executive Council officers

The PSHFES Mission Statement

  • Provide opportunities for professional development, networking, workshops, and education for those interested in Human Factors and Ergonomics professionals, students, and enthusiasts.
  • Raise public awareness of the value and benefits of Human Factors and Ergonomics.
  • Provide volunteer opportunities for HFE professionals to contribute to the Puget Sound area community.

PSHFES connects Human Factors and Ergonomics Professionals in the Puget Sound area by providing opportunities for practitioners to meet at a variety of events throughout the year.

Events include:

We also offer an on-line newsletter with meeting announcements and events related to the Chapter.

Definition of Ergonomics and
Human Factors:

Ergonomics and Human Factors is the systematic application of relevant information about human capabilities, limitations, characteristics, behavior and motivation to the design of machines, tools, procedures, and processes used by people and the environment in which they use them.

Ergonomists tend to focus on physical, or "neck-down", issues with an emphasis on understanding the role of human movement and posture as it relates to work.

Human Factors Professionals (primarily those with psychology and engineering backgrounds) tend to focus on cognitive, or "neck-up", ergonomics with an emphasis on information processing issues related to work.

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