Who We Are

The Institute of Industrial Engineers and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS) is a globally recognised, non-profit entity headquartered in Ireland. Our mission is to elevate the disciplines of industrial engineering, sustainable engineering, fire safety, and occupational health and safety. As a trusted advisor, advocate, and educator, IIESMS collaborates with engineering professionals across diverse global organisations, equipping them with the essential knowledge and skills for career advancement. Our commitment to excellence and innovation ensures that our members are prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic and ever-evolving industry landscape.

A key strategic focus for IIESMS is sustainable engineering, a discipline that harmonises environmental, social, and economic factors in designing and developing engineering systems and products. By championing sustainable methodologies and technologies, IIESMS is steadfast in its commitment to assisting members in fostering safer, healthier, and more sustainable work environments. This approach benefits individual organisations and contributes to broader global sustainability goals, inspiring a wave of positive change. Our initiatives in sustainable engineering are designed to integrate seamlessly with industrial and environmental engineering practices, promoting a holistic view of engineering that prioritises sustainability and resilience.

IIESMS professionals are versatile and work across all sectors of the economy. Our team includes manufacturing experts, aerospace specialists, and professionals experienced in agriculture and food processing. We also have dedicated teams for the construction, healthcare, pharma, and forestry sectors. Our finance, leisure, fire & safety, hospitality, logistics, service sector, and education professionals are equally skilled and committed to excellence, ensuring the highest quality of guidance and training for all members. This diverse expertise allows IIESMS to offer comprehensive support and innovative solutions tailored to the unique needs of each sector.

Beyond offering a comprehensive suite of educational programs, IIESMS also functions as an awarding body. This enables the institute to bestow awards or qualifications upon individuals who have completed specific programs or courses. While numerous programs and courses in Ireland culminate in Irish credentials, IIESMS also extends non-Irish accolades, such as awards from international organisations or national awards from other countries. These credentials are recognised globally, enhancing our members’ career prospects and professional standing.

In healthcare management, IIESMS provides specialised training and certification programs designed to enhance the skills of professionals managing complex healthcare systems. Our programs cover critical areas such as healthcare safety, operational efficiency, and patient care standards, ensuring that healthcare facilities operate at the highest levels of safety and effectiveness.

Fire safety is another cornerstone of IIESMS’s offerings. We provide comprehensive training programs that equip fire safety professionals with the knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and manage effective fire safety protocols. Our courses cover everything from basic fire safety principles to advanced fire risk assessment and management strategies, ensuring our members are well-prepared to safeguard lives and property.

Health and Safety Management Systems (HSMS) are integral to the mission of IIESMS. We offer a range of programs that focus on developing and implementing robust health and safety management practices. These programs help organisations create safer work environments, reduce workplace injuries, and comply with regulatory requirements. Our training in HSMS is geared towards fostering a safety culture permeating all levels of an organisation.

In essence, IIESMS is dedicated to empowering its members to attain the pinnacle of professional excellence and to make significant contributions to the engineering industry’s overall success and sustainability. Our commitment to providing high-quality education, fostering innovation, and promoting sustainable practices ensures that our members are equipped to meet the demands of their professions and contribute positively to society. Through our collaborative efforts with industry leaders, educational institutions, and policymakers, IIESMS continues to drive the advancement of engineering disciplines and uphold the highest standards of professional practice.

Sectors Groups

Facility Management Group

Facilities management involves the efficient and effective coordination of the physical workplace, encompassing maintenance, security, and compliance with regulations, to support an organisation's primary activities.

Industrial Engineering Group

Industrial engineering focuses on optimising complex systems, improving efficiency, productivity, and quality by integrating people, technology, and processes within industries.

Fire Safety Group

Fire safety encompasses preventive measures, safety protocols, and emergency responses to protect lives, property, and the environment from fire hazards.

Safety & Health Group

Safety and Health at work involve implementing regulations, practices, and training to prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses in workplaces and public spaces.


Healthcare encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of illnesses, ensuring the well-being of individuals through medical and support services.

High-level discussions with UNESCO concerning Waterford’s status as a learning city—EsCurS project objectives and approach were discussed, and how the project would contribute to the overall lifelong learning ambitions of the City and South East Region were explored.

In the photo from Left to Right

  • Dr Tony Murphy, Head of Lifelong Learning at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning (SoELL) SETU.
  • Michael Quinn, Director of Economic Development Waterford City & County Council.
  • Katherine Collins, Waterford Cultural Quarter Project Manager, Waterford City and County Council.
  • Donal Nolan, Director of Development Institute of Industrial Engineering and Safety Management Systems.
  • Raúl Valdés, Coordinator of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
  • Dominic Walsh, Regional Planning Officer, Southern Regional Assembly
  • Mary Molloy, Executive Planner, Regional Planning, Southern Regional Assembly
  • Neil Quinlan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning at South East Technological University (SETU).

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Who We Work With

The Irish Government has bestowed upon the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS) the privilege to nominate a representative to the Industry and Commerce panel of the Irish Senate. Furthermore, IIESMS is frequently solicited for contributions to government-industry white papers.

In recent years, IIESMS has escalated its involvement and formed partnerships in numerous projects funded by the European Union. This active role underscores the Institute’s commitment to shaping industry standards and policies at both national and international levels.

What We Do

What is Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineering is a specialised branch of engineering dedicated to optimising intricate systems and processes, predominantly within manufacturing and production landscapes. Industrial engineers strive to enhance efficiency, curtail waste and expenditure, and augment quality and productivity across many sectors, encompassing manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation. Key areas of concentration for industrial engineers may encompass:

  • Architecting and refining production processes and systems
  • Analysing and enhancing workflow and logistics
  • Formulating and deploying new technologies and automation systems
  • Appraising and optimising the utilisation of materials, energy, and other resources
  • Executing time and motion studies to optimise work processes
  • Formulating and deploying quality control and continuous improvement initiatives
  • Overseeing projects and teams

At its core, industrial engineering is committed to designing and refining systems and processes to maximise efficiency and effectiveness while minimising waste and cost. Consequently, industrial engineers frequently collaborate with other professionals, such as mechanical engineers and computer scientists, to design and implement complex systems and technologies.

What are Fire and Safety Management Systems

Fire and Safety Management Systems are meticulously engineered to prevent and mitigate fire risks and other safety hazards within a specific facility or location. These systems are an amalgamation of technologies, processes, and procedures designed to reduce the probability of fires and other accidents and minimise the impact of such incidents when they occur. Critical components of a Fire and Safety Management System may include:

  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems: These systems are designed to identify the presence of a fire and alert individuals in the vicinity, enabling timely evacuation.
  • Fire Suppression Systems: These are engineered to extinguish or inhibit the spread of fires. Examples may include sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and other advanced fire suppression technologies.
  • Emergency Evacuation Procedures: These are implemented to ensure that individuals within the facility can evacuate safely during a fire or other emergencies.
  • Training and Drills: These initiatives educate individuals about responding to fires and other emergencies and provide practice of emergency procedures in a controlled environment.
  • Maintenance and Inspection: Regular upkeep and inspection of fire and safety systems and equipment are crucial to ensure optimal functioning and readiness to respond in an emergency.
  • Fire Risk Assessment: This process involves evaluating the potential fire risks within a specific facility or location and identifying measures to reduce or eliminate those risks. A fire risk assessment aims to identify potential ignition sources, such as faulty electrical wiring or open flames, and implement measures to prevent fires from starting or minimise their impact when they occur. A trained professional typically conducts a fire risk assessment, evaluating various factors.

In essence, Fire and Safety Management Systems are integral to any facility’s risk management strategy, ensuring a safe environment for individuals to work and visit.

What is Sustainable Engineering

Sustainable engineering is an innovative field that concentrates on creating and developing systems, products, and technologies. These are not only environmentally friendly and socially responsible but also economically viable. The sustainable engineering approach integrates environmental, social, and economic considerations into the design and development. The aim is to mitigate adverse environmental impacts and foster the long-term sustainability of natural resources.

The scope of sustainable engineering is broad, encompassing a variety of topics and applications. These include renewable energy, sustainable transportation, green building design, waste management, water resource management, and eco-friendly product design.

The fundamental principles of sustainable engineering are pivotal to its approach. These principles include reducing energy consumption, minimising waste, and pollution, efficiently utilising natural resources, and promoting environmentally friendly materials and technologies.

The ultimate objective of sustainable engineering is to contribute to a more sustainable future. This is achieved by designing and developing systems and products that cater to the needs of the present generation without jeopardising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Our Mission

The mandate of our esteemed engineering professional body is to propel the science, technology, and practice of engineering for societal benefit. We are committed to endorsing and upholding the pinnacle of professional and ethical conduct among our members. We also serve as a valuable resource for the public, policymakers, and industry. Our dedication to continuous learning, collaboration, and innovation enables us to shape a sustainable future and enhance the quality of life for all.

As a leading professional engineering body, we are at the forefront of advancing engineering science and technology. We strive to maintain the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics among our members.

Our commitment to continuous learning, collaboration, and innovation is at the heart of our mission. We believe that by fostering these values, we can shape a sustainable future and enhance the quality of life for all people. We aim to contribute significantly to society and the engineering profession through our work

Our Vision

As a leading professional engineering body, we strive to advance, promote, and unify professions on a global scale with the following vision:

  1. To serve as an inclusive organisation representing the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of industrial engineers, fire safety engineers, and safety management professionals worldwide.
  2. To dedicate ourselves to the professional development of our members, equipping them with the requisite knowledge, skills, and resources for career success.
  3. To champion the significance of industrial engineering and safety management in industry and society, underscoring these professionals’ pivotal role in enhancing efficiency, productivity, and safety.
  4. To forge partnerships and collaborations with other organisations, institutions, and industry stakeholders to further the profession and its global impact.
  5. To operate sustainably that does not compromise the environment for future generations, acknowledging the necessity for responsible resource management and reducing the negative impact of industrial activity on the planet.

Our Values

At the IIESMS, our values are the guiding principles that shape our actions and decisions. They reflect our commitment to excellence, integrity, and service to the community.

  1. Excellence: We strive for the highest standards in all our endeavours, continually seeking to improve and innovate. We believe that excellence is not a destination but a continuous learning and improvement journey.
  2. Integrity: We uphold the highest ethical standards in our work, ensuring transparency, honesty, and fairness in all our dealings. We believe that integrity is the cornerstone of trust and credibility.
  3. Service: We are dedicated to serving our members, the public, and the industry. Our work should contribute positively to society and enhance the quality of life for all.
  4. Collaboration: We value the power of collaboration and partnerships. Working together can achieve more than we could individually.
  5. Sustainability: We are committed to operating in a way that does not compromise the environment for future generations. We believe in responsible resource management and reducing the negative impact of industrial activity on the planet.

These values guide our mission and vision, and they are integral to our commitment to advancing engineering science and technology, fostering professional development, and enhancing efficiency, productivity, and safety in industry and society.

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