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Section III ABIH Code of Ethics. David C. Roskelley, MSPH, CIH, CSP R & R Environmental, Inc. Objectives. Discuss a brief history of IH ethics Present the ABIH Code Conclusions. Ethics.

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section iii abih code of ethics

Section IIIABIH Code of Ethics

David C. Roskelley, MSPH, CIH, CSP

R & R Environmental, Inc.

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Objectives

  • Discuss a brief history of IH ethics
  • Present the ABIH Code
  • Conclusions
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Ethics

The embodiment of those values that the person or organization feels are important…, and spell our proper conduct and appropriate action.

- Merriam Webster

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IH Code of Ethics: History

  • 1968
  • AAIH Ethics Committee developed a “Code of Ethics for Professional Practice”.
  • 1973-74
  • Renewed interest in the Code by both AAIH and ABIH
  • 1975-77
  • AIHA becomes involved as does the AIHA Law Committee
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IH Code of Ethics: History

  • 1978
  • AAIH Ethics draft “Code of Ethics for Professional Practice” mailed to membership for comment
  • 743 responses received (67% of all members), 712 (95.8% voted to accept), 31 (4.2% voted to reject)
  • 1981
  • AIHA and ACGIH adopts the code
  • 1991-94
  • AIHA, ACGIH, ABIH, and the “Academy” (AAIH) develop and adopt a joint code (6 Cannons).
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IH Code of Ethics: History

  • 1991-94: Continued
  • This new code is presented at AIHce in 1994
  • 1995
  • AIHA, ACGIH, ABIH, and the “Academy “(AAIH) approved the creation of the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics Education Committee (JIHEEC)
  • Tasked with the education and promotion of the new code of ethics
  • Developed interpretive guidelines to supplement the new code of ethics
  • See handouts for a copy of this code
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IH Code of Ethics: History

  • 2006-07
  • AIHA, ACGIH, ABIH, and AIH create a “Joint Ethics Task Force” to update the current code
  • Primarily driven by ABIH to create an enforceable mechanism specifically focused on CIHs
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ABIH Code of Ethics:

  • New code adopted in May 2007
  • After a few years of struggle, individually and collectively, about the best way to enforce code.
  • Result of JIHEEC formed in 1995 with AIHA, AAIH, ACGIH & ABIH representation
  • Produced a mechanisms by which ABIH could enforce the code for certified professionals
  • Complimented by the Member Ethical Principles (Guiding Principles) document which focuses upon education and are not enforceable
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Preamble:

  • See Handouts
  • First and foremost, priority given to health and safety interests related to the protection of people.
  • Act in a manner that promotes integrity and reflects positively on the profession Produced a mechanisms by which ABIH could enforce the code for certified professionals
  • Maintain high standard of integrity, conduct, accept responsibility for one’s actions; and seek to enhance the profession with fairness and honesty.
section i responsibilities to abih the profession and public
Comply with laws, regulations, policies, and ethical standards that govern professional practice.

Provide truthful accurate representations concerning certification and recertification information.

Maintain the security of the ABIH examination materials

Cooperate with ABIH concerning collection of information related to ethics matters.

Report apparent violations.

Refrain from public behavior that clearly violates professional, ethical, or legal standards.

Section I: Responsibilities to ABIH, the Profession and Public
section ii responsibilities to clients employers employees and the public
Deliver competent professional services using objective, independent judgment.

Recognize one’s professional limitations and make professional referrals when appropriate.

Properly use credentials. Only use one’s stamp after exercising direct oversight.

Disclose, avoid, and refrain from conflicts of interests.

Assure that conflict of interest does not compromise legitimate interests of a client.

Protect the health and safety of the public, clients, employers and employees from reasonably foreseeable injury.

Section II: Responsibilities to Clients, Employers, Employees and the Public
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Ethical Habits

“A long habit of not thinking a thing

wrong gives it the superficial appearance of being right.”

–Thomas Paine

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