Ethics in Industrial Hygiene and Safety By Maharshi Mehta, ISS @ AICHE

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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

Agenda:

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 www.issehs.com

Case Study :

Case Study First Construction Safety Job “we don’t need you as safety officer, we are hiring you as client needs” Laboratory analyzing samples post weighing was less than pre-weighing

Introduction :

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

Current situation:

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

Issues with sampling and analytical methods:

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

The Need-Professional:

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

The Need-Other:

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

What Brings Ethical Values in us:

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

Business Ethics: Codes with our company :

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

Confidentiality Codes:

Confidentiality Codes Significance Most Sensitive information Client’s 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

Team building Chill Trip:

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

Ethics by understanding workers and family are also Gods:

Ethics by understanding workers and family are also Gods

Ethics by understanding places of worships are workplaces and homes:

Ethics by understanding places of worships are workplaces and homes

One can make decent living by following business ethics Then – 1955 to 1980:

One can make decent living by following business ethics Then – 1955 to 1980 ©International Safety Systems, Inc. www.issehs.com

Now:

Now

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