About the IAIABC

Mission of the IAIABC

The mission of the IAIABC is to find solutions to reduce harm and aid recovery from occupational injuries and illnesses. This mission guides the projects, programs, and strategic direction of the IAIABC. 


On April 14 and 15, 1914, representatives from seven of the newly created industrial accident boards and commissions assembled in Lansing, Michigan and formed the National Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, which would eventually become the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC).

So began a process of collaboration and peer-to-peer guidance that still continues to this day.

Since it was founded in 1914, the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, or IAIABC, has been providing information and education on workers' compensation policy, regulation, and administration.

Today, the IAIABC is the largest trade association of workers' compensation jurisdictional agencies in North America. Along with these government entities, various private organizations involved in the delivery of workers' compensation coverage and benefits participate in the IAIABC.

Heads of delegation 2019 IAIABC

The IAIABC works to improve and clarify laws, identify best practices, develop and implement standards, and provide education and information sharing. The IAIABC strives to gather the best resources available to solve the practical administrative and regulatory challenges of its members.

Centennial CoverExtra! Extra! Read All About It!

In 2014, the IAIABC celebrated its centennial with The IAIABC Centennial History, a publication highlighting the accomplishments of the IAIABC and its members during the Association's first 100 years.

Proceedings: A History of the First Century of IAIABC Conventions

For nearly 100 years, the IAIABC kept detailed proceedings of its Conventions. Dive into the conversations of almost every IAIABC Convention - what were the big issues over the last 100 years? Visit the Hathi Trust Collection of IAIABC proceedings.

IAIABC Conventions and Presidents, 1914 - 2020

Since 1914, the IAIABC has only missed one Convention in 1942 during World War II. Use the interactive map below to see where each Convention has been held, as well as the president that year.