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Title: Ethics in Industrial Hygiene and Safety By Maharshi Mehta, ISS At AIHCE, 2014


1
  • Ethics in Industrial Hygiene and Safety
  • AIHCE, Round Table 246
  • June 5, 2014
  • Maharshi Mehta, CSP, CIH
  • International Safety Systems, Inc.,
    Washingtonville New York, USA
  • www.issehs.com

2
Agenda
  • Case Studies
  • Introduction to Ethics in Industrial Hygiene and
    Safety
  • Current Situation
  • The need
  • Professional
  • Personal
  • Attempt to bring ethical values in organization
  • Benefits - Case Studies
  • Conclusions

3
Case Study
  • First Construction Safety Job
  • we dont need you as safety officer, we are
    hiring you as client needs
  • Laboratory analyzing samples
  • post weighing was less than pre-weighing

4
Introduction
  • Most critical compared to all professions
  • Life of people depends on decisions we make
  • Considerable challenges where violations are
    likely
  • Code of ethics in IH and Safety is fairly clear
    and not ambiguous
  • Benefits are enormous individual, employee,
    family, society and nation

5
Current situation
  • Exposure control decisions seem to be made based
    on erroneous data at 50 workplaces
  • One or more of reproducible, representative and
    reliable data missing
  • Issues with sampling and analytical methods
  • Greed has no lid
  • Results are delivered what company or client is
    looking at some of the workplaces
  • Financial gains at the cost of integrity
  • Tangible and intangible losses are massive

6
Issues with sampling and analytical methods
  • Collect more samples in limited time
  • Exposure numbers, no indication on what is
    contributing to exposure and what are
    recommendations
  • Reproducibility
  • 1 sample
  • Reliability
  • Calibration
  • Laboratories analyzing samples
  • Representativeness
  • Sampling durations
  • Focus on monitoring and not on exposure controls

7
The Need-Professional
  • Impact on Stakeholders
  • Employee
  • Reputation
  • ABC Environmental company appeared in news when
    biological monitoring results were not
    communicated
  • Trust and integrity also travels in professional
    community at lighting speed
  • Financial and standard of living
  • Business Growth word of mouth

8
The Need-Other
  • Impact on family, society and nation
  • Family
  • Values in children and other family members
  • Bonding and benefits of bonding
  • Friends
  • Ever widening virtuous circle
  • Nation
  • Erosion of values
  • Economical impact
  • Impact on individual
  • Effective utilization of latent ability
  • Peace of mind
  • Growth

9
What Brings Ethical Values in us
  • Parenting
  • Environment
  • Reading
  • The Ultimate Gift
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Audio-visual messages TV Movies Media
  • Schools, teachers
  • Can we then apply same model at workplace?
  • At workplaces, completing ethics course wont be
    enough aggressive efforts

10
Business Ethics Codes with our company
  • Premise
  • Business integrity earns respect and brings peace
    in our lives
  • Transparency and ethics have positive impact on
    generations to come
  • Codes
  • Do not give, receive bribe in any form cash,
    favor, kind, gift, commission
  • Do not compromise on identified risk in
    reporting, among other things
  • Ensure sound basis

11
Confidentiality Codes
  • Significance
  • Most Sensitive information
  • Clients trust on us
  • Do not communicate verbally or in writing what
    you saw at site especially process details and
    findings with any one out side ISS and in ISS
    with affected persons only
  • Data protection Password when you are not around
    in your laptop, no one should have access to your
    hard disk, place relevant information in
    centralized storage and delete from file
  • Digital images
  • Obtain permission
  • Do not take if it does not serve purpose
  • Avoid taking entire process large area, take what
    you want
  • Do not show images to ANYONE. Delete them once
    purpose is served
  • Keep only good images and provide to Manager or
    centralized storage and then delete all images

12
Team building Chill Trip
  • 3 days
  • Fun
  • Video and books reading
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Several books from Simple Truth
  • Discussions on near misses on business ethics

13
Ethics by understanding workers and family are
also Gods
14
Ethics by understanding places of worships are
workplaces and homes
15
One can make decent living by following business
ethicsThen 1955 to 1980
16
Now
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