Ethics for the Safety and Health Professional: Approaches and Case Studies

Earn 2 Contact Hours

This webinar provides safety and health professionals practical approaches to use when facing ethical dilemmas and situations in the workplace. The difficulty in defining ethics (what ethics is and what ethics is not) an​d the differences between right-versus-right and right-versus-wrong decision-making frameworks will be discussed. The three major reason-based approaches to ethical decision-making (consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics) are explained in some detail. A number of interesting case studies involving safety and health professionals, including industrial hygienists, are presented where the frameworks and approaches discussed in the webinar can then be applied.

This webinar fulfills the ABIH Ethics Requirement.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:​

  • State what ethics is and what ethics is not, including the differences between ethics and what is legal.

  • Outline the differences between the three major reason-based approaches that can be used for ethical decision-making, including their benefits and disadvantages.

  • List the greatest types of ethical dilemmas facing safety and health professionals today.

  • Analyze case studies by applying reason-based approaches in order to make the best ethical decisions.

Presenter: Jan K. Wachter, ScD, CIH, CSP

Jan Wachter is an Associate Professor in the Safety Sciences Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).  Dr. Wachter received his BS (biology), MS (environmental health), MBA and Sc.D. (environmental health) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.  He also holds degrees in theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Wheeling Jesuit University.  Prior to his academic career, Dr. Wachter was employed by Fortune 100 companies and the U.S. Department of Energy. His interests include investigating the use of worker engagement-based human performance tools to improve safety and health performance and the promotion of ethics-based safety and health management approaches and systems. He is a member of AIHA’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter and the Joint Industrial Hygiene Ethics and Education Committee.

Important Certification Information

This Webinar will award CM credit hours and contact hours. CEU credits will not be awarded for participating in this webinar. The eLearning Program works with our accrediting bodies to insure compliance with all policies and (ANSI) standards. AI​​HA's eLearning Program requires any participant seeking credit to submit a course evaluation.

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