Since the early 1980s, HFES has participated in the development of American national standards and has worked to establish U.S. positions for international standards. In 1988, HFES published ANSI/HFS 100-1988, American National Standard for Human Factors Engineering of Visual Display Terminal Workstations. This groundbreaking standard established voluntary specifications for the ergonomic design of computer workstations for the seated operator. In the 1990s, the Society refined and consolidated its standards activities and embarked on a revision of ANSI/HFS 100-1988. The updated (current) version was released in 2007, and work is well under way for a new update. HFES continues to participate as a member of the American National Standards Institute.
A long-standing effort within HFES aimed to promote human factors/ergonomics standards for software at the national and international levels. The result was Human Factors Engineering of Software User Interfaces (HFES 200).
HFES is involved in technical standards work at the international level as well, through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It administers the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Technical Committee (TC) 159 - Ergonomics. Members of HFES have also served as individual members on a wide variety of standards committees sponsored by other organizations.
The Society also focuses on best practice documents as an efficient and effective vehicle for consolidating and reducing to practice the research findings in the field. HFES 300, Guidelines for Using Anthropometric Data in Product Design, is the first such effort.